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Heritage on your doorstep

From the wildlife and habitats in your garden or a local park, to a historic site, building or monument, to the stories, memories and knowledge of the people in your local community – there’s a wealth of heritage on your doorstep just waiting to be uncovered. Take a look at the resources in this section for some inspiration.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to 'heritage on your doorstep'

Laois Heritage Officer Catherine Casey shares her thoughts on this year's National Heritage Week sub-theme 'heritage on your doorstep. Watch her video for some ideas on how you might approach your heritage project and to learn more about some of the online resources that are available to help you along the way.

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.