National Heritage Week Kicks Off On Saturday With A Record 1500 Events

On Saturday, 18th August, National Heritage Week will kick off and run for eight days until Sunday 26th August. Throughout the week, over 1500 events, the majority of which are free, will take place across Ireland. Over 600,000 people are expected to attend events, meaning a huge knock-on economic impact for towns and villages across … Read more

Heritage Council Strategic Plan 2012-2016

The Heritage Council has launched its Strategic Plan 2012-2016, which focuses on developing the value of the heritage sector to employment, education and the quality of heritage tourism. The Heritage Council’s five year Strategic Plan identifies 16 objectives focused on supporting employment, education and awareness, and heritage-based tourism. Supporting employment through investment in heritage infrastructure … Read more

Call For National Organisation To Support Sustainable Development of Towns & City Centres

The Heritage Council has called for the establishment of a national organisation to promote and support the sustainable development of our town and city centres. The Heritage Council has prepared a submission in response to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s recent Draft Retail Planning Guidelines, published on 22nd November 2011. Given … Read more

Ireland’s Heritage Sector Decimated

Punitive cuts, announced in the Budget, will decimate the heritage sector and close many small enterprises that are dependent on it. This will have detrimental affects on both our national heritage and the quality of our tourism offering, according to the Heritage Council. The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s Heritage Unit, which has … Read more

New Integrated National Landscape Strategy Needed

The National Heritage Council has published its blueprint for managing Ireland’s landscapes in an integrated and participative way that takes full account of our natural, built and cultural heritages, rather than treating them as separate and unrelated concerns. The blueprint for Ireland’s landscapes includes: introducing a Landscape Ireland Act; establishing a Landscape Observatory of Ireland; … Read more