The following organisations work with the Heritage Council in the planning and coordination of National Heritage Week.
Local Authority Heritage Officers
County Heritage Officers are employed by Local Authorities in partnership with the Heritage Council under the auspices of the Heritage Officer Programme. The Programme has developed from an initial intake of three County Heritage Officers in 1999 to twenty five officers today.
Heritage Officers manage the heritage function within a county in a strategic and co-ordinated manner. They aim to promote enhanced levels of understanding, conservation and preservation by improving the status and perception of heritage in their local area.
The Office of Public Works (OPW)
The Office of Public Works is one of the oldest State bodies in Ireland, having been originally established in August 1831. The OPW’s mission is – ‘To deliver, in support of Government policies, high quality customer services in property, flood risk management, general procurement and heritage in the most sustainable, efficient, and economic way possible”.
OPW has responsibility for the day-to-day management of a range of the built heritage including its conservation and presentation. Most of the State’s prime monuments and archaeological sites are included in the collection of over 700 National Monuments in the care of OPW. The maintenance and conservation of these is a painstaking task, involving research and direction by architects and archaeologists, who are experts in the conservation of ancient structures, together with a skilled workforce using traditional crafts and, where appropriate, modern technology. This ensures that the monuments, which were created over the ages – in some cases, over 5,000 years ago – will be passed on to future generations to care for and appreciate. For further information about monuments and sites in the care of the OPW visit www.heritageireland.ie
The Local Authorities Waters Programme
The Local Authorities Waters Programme is a shared service working with Local Authorities and state agencies to develop and implement River Basin Management Plans in Ireland, as required under the EU Water Framework Directive. The core focus of this work is to protect and improve water quality in rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. Good water quality, and a healthy water environment, is vital for human health and a myriad of wildlife. It is also underpins the economy and supports local jobs in sectors such as tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.
The Local Authority Waters Programme is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and is managed jointly by Kilkenny and Tipperary County Councils.
The key role for Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, is to support and help the Irish tourism industry to meet the challenges facing the entire global tourism market and to sustain, or increase, the level of activity in the sector.
The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCI)
The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. Our vision is that Ireland is recognised and valued for its culture of design and craft.
We provide a range of programmes, supports and services for designers and craftspeople, learners and teachers, retailers and gallerists, shoppers and collectors, media and partner organisations to raise the standard and profile of Irish design and craft. Our activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.
Irish Landmark Trust
Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and gives them new life. Since 1992, it has been turning historic buildings into truly special self-catering holiday accommodation. Its properties range from lighthouses and schoolhouses, to castles and gate lodges.
As an educational charity, its primary aim is to conserve and sustain iconic buildings. That’s why Irish Landmark properties are living buildings, not museum settings. Irish Landmark always respects the history and architectural integrity of the structures it conserves, but it also ensures they have all the contemporary comforts you want in a holiday home.