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Heritage and Conservation

Heritage is a complex topic and covers a wide range of areas. The Heritage Act 1995 is the primary piece of legislation in Ireland governing Heritage. It is aimed at promoting public interest in Heritage and developing knowledge, appreciation, and protection of National Heritage.

National Heritage is defined as: monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks, and inland waterways.

The Heritage Council (An Chomhairle Oidhreachta) was created as the result of the passing of the Heritage Act, and work in the public interest through the provision of funding, expert advice, education programmes, and advocacy.

Heritage belongs to everyone and is a part of our lives everyday, even if we don’t know it!  

Heritage and Conservation News

An information board unveiled on the roadside near Togher Castle during Heritage Week 2023, supported by the County Cork Heritage Grant Scheme.
Heritage and Conservation
19 Mar 2024

Cork County Council Announces Heritage Grant Schemes for 2024

Cork County Council has announced the opening of the County Cork Heritage Grant Scheme for 2024. The Scheme seeks to recognise the unrivalled heritage of the county and the numerous groups who actively engage with their local heritage, protecting and promoting it for residents and visitors alike.

Eight people, including the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O'Flynn at the launch of 'The Natural Heritage of County Cork'.
Heritage and Conservation
03 Jan 2024

New Addition to Heritage of County Cork Collection

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Frank O’Flynn, has proudly launched the eagerly awaited publication, ‘The Natural Heritage of County Cork’, which takes readers on a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of the county’s natural heritage wonders.