The TidyTowns Heritage Award has been sponsored by the Heritage Council to encourage a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development.
A scheme to help communities become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites.
Our ancient history has bestowed on us a wealth of monuments that need care and attention to ensure that they survive for future generations to enjoy.
Through the Adopt a Monument Scheme we provide expertise, mentoring and support to encourage communities to ‘adopt’ a monument in their area in order to ensure ongoing maintenance and greater protection through increased civic value.
Aims and Objectives
This is an innovative way of bringing monuments and local heritage from the periphery into the heart of a community.
We want to help community groups embrace their heritage, site be it a prehistoric tomb, stone circle, medieval town wall, castle, church, bridge, graveyard, landed estate, mine, kiln, mill, traditional house or battlefield.
Our vision is that the chosen monument will serve as a focal point for heritage-related, educational and recreational activities and will encourage greater interpretation and understanding.
The Scheme offers opportunities to:
become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of heritage sites in your local area;
collaborate and work together as a community;
participate in community development;
boost regional tourism, business and employment opportunities;
develop and understand the story of your locality and keep active and learn new skills.
- Doon Fort County Donegal
- Church of the Rath Killeshandra County Cavan
- Glenmalure County Wicklow
- Gallowshill Dungarvan County Waterford
- Round Hill Lismore County Waterford
- Ballintleva County Roscommon
- Mountbellew Walled Garden
- Kilbarron Castle County Donegal
- Kilfinane Motte County Limerick
- St Molings Millrace County Carlow
- Old St Peters Church Portlaoise
- Earlshill Colliery and Powder House, Slieveardagh, County Tipperary
- Knockboy Medieval Church Waterford
Resources & Getting Involved
Adopt A Monument Manual
The Adopt a Monument Manual has been designed as a guidance document for participants in the Heritage Council’s Adopt a Monument Scheme, but we hope it is also useful for any communities who are interested in carrying out community heritage projects.
The manual covers a broad range of themes including:
- Research Techniques
- Recording Techniques
- Publication and Archiving
- Best Practice in Care and Conservation
- Promotion, Outreach and Communication
- Funding Sources
- Health and Safety
- Useful Contacts and Statutory Requirements
The Heritage Council recommends that the principles of shared ownership and shared responsibility for our landscape should be reflected in planning legislation which is both inclusive and participatory.
MSPI promotes professional standards in the care of collections in Irish museums and galleries. The programme recognises the achievement of those standards through accreditation.