Preserve our Built Heritage

3rd February 2017

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over January to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we published some 100 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. If you would like to read the full publication, please click here.

27th January 2017

An Taisce is reserving comment on the reported sale of Westport House and Demense to the Westport based Hughes Family, pending information on the developments proposed.

Information made available today states that a €50 million investment is proposed. No information is, as yet, available on those proposed developments or the future of the remaining historic paintings and other contents, which are an integral part of the heritage of the house, and the history of Co Mayo.

19th August 2016

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019. The Departments Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 ‘will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies’.

29th March 2016

This detailed illustrated article from The Irish Aesthete outlines the history of Kanturk Castle, one of An Taisce's properties.

24th October 2015

The Wexford Local Association held a work party at Corlican Graveyard to tidy it up and repair the gate. On the same day the Wexford Opera Festival did a tour of the graveyard which 30 people attended including the curator of Johnstown Castle Museum, the Chair of the Wexford Historical Society and a number of Quakers with connections to Corlican. Brian Rickwood gave a lecture.

30th August 2015

On Friday of last week (27th August) An Taisce wrote to Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht, during Heritage Week 2015 seeking a Preservation Order on a Bronze Age archaeological discovery of trackways (toghers) at Mayne Bog Co Westmeath, these are dated 800-1,200 BC.

27th August 2015

Minister Humphreys’ Deptartment fails to act

While Irish heritage is being celebrated and promoted this week, the destruction of a major archaeological monument, a major timber-built road of European significance at Mayne Bog, Coole, County Westmeath is continuing.

Although the National Monuments Service (NMS, the responsibility of Minister Heather Humphreys) has known since 2005 about the existence of the monument, they have failed to act to preserve it.

26th August 2015

Last week, An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland wrote to Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht, with queries on the proposed accommodation of another round of filming of Star Wars on Skellig Michael. The first round of filming, last year was facilitated in breach of long established conservation policy for the World Heritage Site.

Ian Lumley, Heritage Office with An Taisce stated

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