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Developing your project

Every journey starts with a first step. Take a look at these resources to help you choose your National Heritage Week project, and don't forget to check out the other sections for lots more!

Heritage Resource Guide: Making Connections with the Past and Present

This Heritage Resource guide compiles a range of online heritage resources including archives, digital collections, data bases and inventories, GIS applications, video, mobile apps, most of which can be accessed freely on personal devices. It covers numerous subjects, e.g. archaeology and history, architecture, coastal and marine, habitats and species, museums and collections.

Ireland's National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Take a look at the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage for inspiration for your project. The inventory exists to promote, protect and celebrate Ireland’s living cultural heritage. It provides official State recognition of cultural practices all around Ireland.

Oral History Network of Ireland

The Oral History Network of Ireland brings together individuals, local history groups and academics, collecting and using oral history, so that each can learn from the other. It offers advice and training on how best to carry out oral history projects including ethics, interview skills, etc.

The Irish Archive Resource

This portal will link you to archival collections throughout the island of Ireland. Archives are the documents and records that relate to people, places, organisations, and events. You can use this portal to locate archives relating to your area of interest or research topic.

Ask about Ireland - Libraries

Explore the exciting online content from Ireland's public libraries. Collections include digitised articles, photos, audios, illustrations, drawings, indexes and historical documents.


Find or identify heritage sites and explore heritage data sets anywhere in Ireland. The HeritageMaps.ie viewer provides access to national heritage data sets in map form, while incorporating additional contextual data from a wide range of online sources.

‘Adopt a Monument Research’ toolkit

Find out how to begin a research project on a local monument with this useful toolkit from the Heritage Council.

National Monuments Survey

This is an interactive map viewer where you can zoom into any part of Ireland and learn more about an archaeological monument.

Placenames Database of Ireland

This database of placenames in Ireland contains a glossary and distribution map, more than 7,000 toponymic sources and other features.

Coastal Heritage Directory

A natural and built coastal heritage resource, advising on how to identify heritage features in your own local area.

National Archives

The National Archives holds a wealth of information about Ireland’s past. Use the search bar in the online catalogue to find out more.

Monastic Ireland (Discovery Programme)

The medieval monastic remains of Ireland are searchable in this database of sites. The site focuses largely on the numerous later medieval monastic orders, who arrived in Ireland from Continental Europe from the 11th Century onwards.

Online time machine

A Heritage Council tutorial for primary school children, their teachers and parents presented by Heritage in Schools Specialist, John D. Ruddy.

Gardening for Biodiversity

This useful booklet offers great ideas for what you can do to support wildlife in your garden. It's produced by Local Authority Heritage Officers across Ireland, with help from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Council.

Care, Recording and Conservation of Graveyards

Take a look at these fantastic resources about the care, recording and conservation of graveyards, which were developed with LEADER funding by Galway Rural Development and Galway County Council.

Traditional Building Skills

This resource page on traditional building skills provides helpful information on how historic buildings (i.e. constructed before World War 2) can be repaired and maintained.

Noticing nature in your local park

Join Heritage in Schools expert, Dr Paddy Madden on this Heritage Council tutorial for primary school children and their parents, which will help them to identify some of the wildlife they might see on their springtime walks.

Backyard BioBlitz

Join Heritage in Schools experts Fionn and Jonathan Angus in this tutorial for primary school children, explaining what a BioBlitz is, and what equipment and guides are useful for blitzing the garden at home.

Dúchas: The Schools’ Collection

Here you will find a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. Search by county to explore the folklore collected by children in your area.

Why do buildings look the way they do?

Take a look at this article from Heritage in Schools expert, Alison MacCormaic, who writes about the built heritage of national schools.

Schools’ Folklore Collections

Watch this tutorial on how to access the Schools’ Folklore Collection by Heritage in Schools expert, John O’Neill.

Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Here you will find a series of short videos showcasing a range of crafts and skills, including weaving, felting and pottery.

IFI Player

Hosted by the IFI, The Loopline Collection Vol II includes ‘Hidden Treasures’ – a four-part documentary series looking at heritage and traditions in Ireland.

Irish Traditional Music Archive

Explore Ireland’s traditional music. Here you will find curated playlists, collections, and galleries selected and created by staff of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Let’s Go Fishing

An introduction to the ancient world of weaving and basket-making. A tutorial from Heritage in Schools expert, Beth Murphy, on how to weave a fish from willow or materials you have at home.