International Day for Monuments and Sites

Thursday 17th April 2014

ICOMOS Ireland in collaboration with the Irish National Committee of the Blue Shield are holding a short seminar to commemorate the International Day of Sites and Monuments 18 April 2014, on the theme of 'commemoration'. As the Hague Convention is 60 years old this year, the event will feature three short presentations on the following topics:

  • A brief outline of the Blue Shield,
  • A note on the Hague Convention (1954) and its protocols
  • Reflecting on the climate/weather events of the last few months in the light of the Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland's "Climate Change, Heritage and Tourism: Implications for Ireland's Coast and Inland Waterways" Report from 2009'. A presentation by Beatrice Kelly of the Heritage Council

As the day falls on Good Friday, the event will take place in the Custom House on 17 April commencing at 1400hrs and finishing 1545hrs. This is a free event. All welcome. RSVP to

Venue courtesy of the DAHG.

Previous Events:

18th April 2013

The International Day for Monuments and Sites, which is endorsed by UNESCO, offers an opportunity to raise awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it. The theme for 2013 was ‘The Heritage of Education’. International Day for Monuments and Sites Events: 

Cork: In recognition of International Day of Monuments and Sites, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council gave a talk and tour on the day at one of the fantastic heritage site's in its ownership - Bridgetown Abbey, near Castletownroche. 

Date/Time Thursday 18th April at 15:00

Event: Bridgetown Abbey - An Educational Tour by County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman

Location: Bridgetown Abbey, Castletownroche

Event Organised By: Cork County Council's Heritage Unit

For More Information: contact the Heritage Unit on 021 4276891

: Sustaining our Built Environment - review of the State of Conservation Education and Training in Ireland. ICOMOS Ireland, through its Education and Training National Scientific Committee organised a networking conference with keynote speaker Dr Jukka Jokilehto, former president and Honorary member ICOMOS International Training Committee. Using the ICOMOS Ireland review of 2009, Sustaining our Built Environment, A Review of the State of Conservation Education and Training in Ireland, it evaluated current education and training provision while linking this global theme of cultural heritage skills development to our local and national realities. This event was by invitation only.


Galway: Secret Landscapes: The Upland Archaeology of the Northern Slieve Aughty - Kilchreest / Castledaly Community Archaeology Project. This community archaeology project was promoted by Christy Cunniffe, Galway Field Monument Advisor in partnership with the Kilchreest / Castledaly community. The Field Monument Advisor Programme is an initiative of The Heritage Council and the Heritage Office of Galway County Council. Newly discovered archaeological  monuments in the uplands of Kilchreest date from the Bronze Age right through to the 19th century material will be visited. The event was officially launched by the Mayor of County Galway, Mr Tom Welby at 3.30 in Woodville Walled Garden, Kilchreest, Co Galway and followed by a presentation on the Growing Importance and Significance of Community Archaeology by Maggie Roynane, Lecturer in Archaeology at NUI Galway. All welcome.

Galway County Council Architectural Conservation Office organised a training day in traditional building skills for participants of community employment schemes. These participants have been engaged in village and countryside enhancement projects, such as the care of graveyards and demesne walls. The photo below shows supervisors in community schemes in East Galway learning about the care of historic cast ironwork from master blacksmith Stephen Quinn in Creagh Cemetery, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on 18th April 2013. The event was hosted by Ballinasloe Town Council, and Galway Rural Development Ltd. to mark the International Day of Monuments and Sites 2013. 


Roscommon: Loughnaneane Park Primary Schools Education Pack – explore Roscommon Castle. ICOMOS Ireland in conjunction with Roscommon County Council invited all primary schools in the county to visit Roscommon Castle on the 18 April to explore this 13th century castle using  the Loughnaneane Park Primary schools education pack. For details contact

18 April 2012

Theme: '
World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities'
2012 is the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention (1972) and UNESCO's international theme for the 2012 celebrations is 'World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities'. On Wednesday 18th April 2012, the Heritage Council of Ireland jointly hosted a conference with ICOMOS Ireland titled 'Your Place or Mine' to celebrate the ICOMOS International Day of Monuments and Sites. Please click here for more information on the Heritage Council conference. Click here for the conference programme. For Conference Proceedings and videos of presentations, please click here.

18 April 2011

Theme: 'The Cultural Heritage of Water'

To celebrate this event ICOMOS Ireland has organised the following two lectures:

  • 'Ireland's Costal Legacy - How to Ensure its Future'
  • Speaker: Beatrice Kelly, Head of Policy and Research, The Heritage Council
  • Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square
  • Time: 1-2 pm, 18 April
  • All welcome & admission free 

The presentation will explore key elements of Ireland’s coastal heritage and current pressures,  such as 'coastal squeeze' as accelerated rates of  erosion combined with increased rates of development along coastal and estuarine areas, and the potential impacts of climate change. It will demonstrate a new management tool, using GIS, which is being developed between the Heritage Council and six local authorities, bringing together data from cultural and natural sectors, on land and at sea, for the first time. 

This lunchtime lecture has been organised by ICOMOS Ireland in partnership with the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

  • 'Commissioners of Irish Lights and Lighthouses of Ireland'
  • Speaker: Eoghan Lehane, Engineering Department, Commissioners of Irish Lights.
  • Venue: Board room, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Harbour Rd, Dun Laoghaire
  • Time: 7 pm, 18 April
  • RSVP essential at (admission free)

The presentation will provide information on the history and role of Irish Lights together with a pictorial tour of lighthouses around the Irish coast.

This evening lecture has been organised by ICOMOS Ireland in partnership with the Commissioners of Irish Lights.

18 April 2010

Theme: 'Heritage of Agriculture'

A contribution to the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

To celebrate this event Cork County Council has in association with Ballincollig Heritage Association organised an event near Kilcre, County Cork, as a response to a request from ICOMOS Ireland to local authorities. The Mayor Derry Canty will introduce the event. Local expert Seamus Healey will give a talk on the use of a double limekiln at Kircre, which has been conserved in recent years. There will be discussion on the conservation of the limekiln as well as the agriculture of the area.

Kilcre, Co. Cork 

  • 'Monuments in their Agricultural Setting'
  • Speaker: Seamus Healey
  • Time: 3 pm, 18 April
  • All welcome & admission free - no reservations required
  • Directions: the limekiln is on a farm at Kilcre; the farm entrance is off the Aherla road. Meet in Aherla village, outside the only supermarket/post office, at 2.30pm, leaving at 2.45pm. Directions from Cork City to Aherla (18 km) take N22 (Cork-Macroom-Killarney-Tralee), as far as 'Curahaly' Cross Roads, turning left off the N22, to Aherla.
  • For further information contact Catryn Power, Archaeologist, Cork County Council.

18 April 2009

Theme: 'Heritage and Science'

Exploring the role that science has played in the creation of heritage and its contribution to the study of heritage.

The following events took place in association with ICOMOS Ireland:

Birr, Co. Offaly

  • 'A guided tour of Ireland's Historic Science Centre and the Great Telescope on the Birr Castle Demense'
  • Speaker: John Joyce
  • Time: 14.15 p.m., 18 April
  • Venue: Historic Science Centre, Birr Castle Demense, Birr, Co. Offaly
  • All welcome & admission free - no reservations required
  • Lunch for purchase at the Courtyard Café, for more information please 

Cork City

  • 'A guided tour of four buildings in Cork City: the UCC Observatory, the Photonics Building (former Maltings Complex), the Lifetime Lab (former Cork City Corporation Waterworks) and the UCC Environmental Institute'.
  • Speaker: Pat Ruane, Conservation Officer
  • Time: 11.30 a.m.,18 April
  • ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing (members only)

The following events took place in association with the International Day for Monuments and Sites although on different dates:

Dublin City

  • Talk: 'Gallanstown Waterworks - its contribution to social, political and engineering theory.'
  • Speaker: Michael Corcoran
  • Time: 6.30 p.m., 23 April
  • Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive (Gilbert Library), 138-144 Pearse Street
  • All welcome & admission free - no reservations required

Rathnew, Co. Wicklow

  • Talk: 'The Remarkable Robert Halpin'
  • Speaker: Jim Rees, local historian and author.
  • Time:  8 p.m., 22 April
  • Venue: Tinakilly House, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow
  • All welcome & admission free - no reservations required
  • For further information contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council, Phone:  0404-20100

Tinakilly House is the former home of Captain Robert Halpin, the renowned Wicklow mariner. As Captain of the famous 'Great Eastern', Haplin played a major part in revolutionising world communications by laying over 2000 miles of transatlantic telegraphic cables in 1865. So fond of his great ship was Halpin that he modelled much of the interior of his home in Wicklow, now Tinakilly House, on it - part of the cable and much family memorabilia remains on display.  

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