Excavations & Archaeological Buildings Survey at the Robing Room, Bishops Palace, Kilkenny (11E157)

Excavations & Archaeological Buildings Survey at the Robing Room, Bishops Palace, Kilkenny (11E157)

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Preliminary findings from an archaeological building recording and excavation project that was undertaken in April-May 2011 at the Robing Room, Church Lane, Kilkenny

Preliminary findings from an archaeological building recording and excavation project that was undertaken in April-May 2011 at the Robing Room, located within the grounds of the former episcopal Palace of the Diocese of Ossory, now the headquarters of the Heritage Council.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Kilkenny Archaeology
Quanta Research: Grant Aid Building Conservation - Technical Appendix

Quanta Research: Grant Aid Building Conservation - Technical Appendix

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Technical appendix to the report which examines existing grant-giving towards building conservation in Ireland.

The appendix provides details of respondents answers to survey.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Carrig Conservation International Ltd in association with Louise Harrington & Integral Finance Technology Ltd.
What is Curtilage?

What is Curtilage?

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In this document, Colm Murray, Heritage Council Architecture Officer, outlines the findings of a study on curtilage.

Protection of a protected structures extends to the land and structures lying within its curtilage. ‘Curtilage’ is the area of ground directly connected with the functioning or inhabitation of a structure, such as a yard, a basement or a passageway to the structure. 

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Colm Murray
Village Design Statements in Ireland-The Way Forward?

Village Design Statements in Ireland-The Way Forward?

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Analysis of questionnaires sent to key stakeholders involved in the management, enhancement and development of small settlements and villages.

Analysis of questionnaires sent to key stakeholders involved in the management, enhancement and development of small settlements and villages.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): David Jordan
INSTAR Research Programme: 2 year Review

INSTAR Research Programme: 2 year Review

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Prepared by Professor Barry Cunliffe, Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford.

The INSTAR Programme was set up in 2008 to help realise the potential of Ireland’s archaeological record and to transform understanding of how Irish society has evolved. After two years of operation, this review finds the programme to be a spectacular success and a model form other countries to follow. 

The programme is transforming the very nature of Irish archaeological endeavour by bringing together the academic, regulatory and private sectors to address highly relevant research topics including climate change and landscape and is creating new knowledge and understanding for the academic world and for the

general public alike.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Professor Barry Cunliffe
Bird Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings

Bird Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings

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The Heritage Council has prepared guidance that surveyors must follow when undertaking bird surveys under the REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant scheme. This is to ensure that the survey is undertaken in line with current best practice, and that the works are designed in such a way as not to impact upon the protected wildlife.

Many traditional farm buildings may be home to nesting birds. As these are protected by law, buildings in receipt of a REPS 4

Traditional Farm Buildings Grant may require a bat and/ or bird survey before any works commence.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Passed to the Future: The Bishop's Palace

Passed to the Future: The Bishop's Palace

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The history of The Bishop's Palace, Kilkenny, the home of the Heritage Council since 2008.

Using the conservation plan methodology introduced into Ireland by the Heritage Council,
the historical significance of all aspects of the building and site were documented. Based on a
careful survey of its qualities, Consarc Architects drew up plans for the building’s re-use. 

The
Heritage Council, conscious of the rich tapestry of history that could be read in the buildings,
was anxious to demonstrate that 'heritage' is a living thing, and that having a respectful attitude
to heritage does not curtail creativity, or contemporary interventions.

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Bat Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme

Bat Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme

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Guidelines for the surveying of bats within heritage structures.

These guidelines have been developed for Ecological Consultants to standardise both the methodology for survey of structures within the Heritage Council’s Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme and the reporting of same. In developing these guidelines, we have drawn on a wide range of expertise and believe that the advice given is the best that is currently available. Bat surveys submitted to the building owner and the Heritage Council must adhere to these guidelines in order to satisfy grant requirements under the Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Tina Aughney, Conor Kelleher & Donna Mullen