Heritage is a multifaceted topic and covers a wide range of areas. The Heritage Act 1995 is the primary piece of legislation in Ireland governing heritage, essentially an Act to promote public interest in, and knowledge, appreciation and protection of, the National Heritage. In addition, the Heritage Act also led to the establishment of the Heritage Council (An Chomhairle Oidhreachta). In the Heritage Act, "National Heritage" is broken down into the following areas and a definition of each is provided within the Act - monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks, and inland waterways. For ease of reference in using this website Heritage has been broken down into the following four areas. Click on one to find out more!