Conor Newman: “Community organisations need a lifeline of support to achieve the transformation that is within their power”

Volunteers are keeping our rural towns and villages alive, according to Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council. “In the slow or nonexistent re(...)

Students with the Columbanus Life and Legacy Project, Moore Institute, NUI Galway working on remains of a Romanesque church recently uncovered within the Basilica di San Colmbano in Bobbio, Italy, where Irish saint Columbanus founded a monastery in the early 7th century. Photograph: Moore Institute, NUI Galway.

Archaeology students from NUI Galway (NUIG) have discovered a 1,000-year-old church linked to the Italian monastery founded by Ireland’s St Columbanu(...)

Dún Aonghasa – one of Aran’s most spectacular monuments. Photograph: Discovery programme

When two Trinity College scientists landed on the Aran islands in 1891, they visited graveyards in search of old skulls, and all resident males were (...)

The stump of a 7,500-year-old tree at a drowned forest site exposed by storms at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Parts of extensive forests dating back 7,500 years that once marked Ireland’s Atlantic rim have been spectacularly exposed by the recent storms(...)

Georgian Dublin. Concerned that many historic buildings in town centres will continue to decline, the Heritage Council commissioned ecomomic consultants Peter Bacon & Associates, who were paid €38,000 excluding Vat for their work, to see what fiscal measures could be used to incentivise investment in the built heritage of towns.

A tax incentive scheme is urgently needed to encourage the rescue of decaying historic buildings in Irish towns, given “the collapse of public funds a(...)

Melissa Jeuken with her goats on her father’s farm near Mullaghmeen the Burren. Communities such as hers should be represented at the forum, says Conor Newman. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

At the first Global Irish Economic Forum back in 2009, one of the interesting features was the focus in businessman Dermot Desmond’s contribution on t(...)