News and Events

The Heritage in Schools Scheme - now recruiting!

The Heritage in Schools Scheme is an outdoor education programme for primary school children operated by the Heritage Council. The Scheme is unique in Ireland and provides a diverse panel of Heritage Specialists who work directly with children in primary schools throughout the country. It is leading the way in promoting outdoor education and encouraging children to engage directly with the natural and cultural heritage that surrounds them.

The current Panel will be reviewed at the end of 2019 and we expect to invite an additional 30-40 Specialists to join the Scheme and fill existing gaps.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 23rd August 2019 @ 5pm with interviews expected to take place early in October.

For more information and details of how to apply for a place on the scheme please see the link below:



Saving Swifts

A new book to help communities save their swifts has been launched by BirdWatch Ireland and local authority Heritage Officers.

Swifts are an iconic summer visitor to Ireland, arriving in early May following a long migration from southern Africa.  Slightly larger than a swallow they are a ‘site faithful’ bird, returning generation after generation to buildings in towns and villages throughout Ireland to nest and raise young. Like many of our wild species however, Swifts are increasingly threatened through loss of nest sites and have suffered an alarming 40% population decline in the past decade.  Problems arise when buildings are renovated or torn down removing the Swifts nest sites and sometimes huge nesting colonies can be lost overnight.  The good news is that there are many practical steps that we can all take to make a difference.

Please follow the link to view the ‘Saving Swifts’ guide: Saving Swifts




Leitrim Heritage Week Event Community Assistance 2019

Leitrim County Council are offering assistance to Community and Voluntary Organisations in Leitrim to organise and host Heritage Week events, which will increase awareness of the Cultural, Natural and Built Heritage of County Leitrim.

This scheme will fund a Heritage Expert to assist in the delivery of a Heritage Week event or Venue Hire to host a Heritage Week Event. The maximum assistance offered per event will be €250.

Closing date: Applications should be submitted no later than 12 noon on Thursday 23rd April 2019.

Please see the Guidance document and short application form below:

Leitrim Heritage Week Community Assistance Guidance

Leitrim Heritage Week Community Assistance Application Form

Heritage Week 2019 takes place from 17th – 25th August, see for more information.



What’s Your Leitrim Heritage? Survey - SURVEY NOW CLOSED

What aspects of Leitrim’s Heritage do you value and want to see celebrated and conserved?

Leitrim County Council wants to know What’s Your Leitrim Heritage? The information gathered in the survey will feed into the new Leitrim Heritage Plan, which will set out the priority Heritage actions in Leitrim to be implemented over the next five years. 

Have your say by clicking here to complete the survey.

Survey closing date: 10th April 2019



Applications are now open for Adopt a Monument 2019.

Is there a much loved monument in your area that you would like to learn more about? The Heritage Council are seeking applications from community groups across Ireland for their Adopt a Monument scheme.

The scheme is a way of bringing monuments into the heart of your community. Our heritage is rich and diverse so a monument can be anything including ringforts, lime kilns, sites associated with the travelling community, or modern sites. 

For communities, the Adopt a Monument Scheme offers a way of promoting pride in our monuments. It also offers opportunities to develop and understand the story of your locality and to work collaboratively together. From mentoring and training to assistance with funding applications and community events, the Heritage Council works in partnership to help to develop a deeper understanding of the monument and its place in the landscape and the team work with the communities to create and implement bespoke plans for each monument.

Application forms (see link below to webpage) must be submitted to: by 28th February 2019



National Heritage Week

The Heritage Council have announced the dates and theme for National Heritage Week 2019:

National Heritage Week 2019

17-25 August 2019

Pastimes | Past Times

If you are thinking about hosting a Heritage Week event next year please see the brilliant 100 Event Ideas Booklet for some event inspiration.

Event registration will open on 1 May 2019.

Find out more about being a part of National Heritage Week at


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