Protecting our heritage

Photographs of the impact land reclamation can have on a Bronze Age burial site were published in this newspaper last week when a megalithic dolmen, l(...)

Some urban bird species are in decline, most notably the swift, which migrates and typically returns to the same site over and over. Photograph: Artur Tabor

Unless you are a keen ornithologist, you probably don’t notice the feathered inhabitants of towns, villages and cities. Yet urban spaces offer plenty(...)

Yvonne Corcoran-Loftus, curator of the Michael Davitt Museum, said politicians of all political stripes had been approached about funding, with no success. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

When the electricity bill comes in for the State’s only museum dedicated to international humanitarian and social reformer Michael Davitt, the volunta(...)

Annesbrook house

Heritage runs deep through the land around Annesbrook House outside Duleek in Co Meath. A Bronze Age burial site was discovered in the early 1900s and(...)

 Westport House: the Nama loan attached to the estate is valued at about €1 million

Westport House may be sold to a “benevolent investor” committed to maintaining it as a tourist attraction, if negotiations involving the State and the(...)

Westport House in Co Mayo. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus.

The Heritage Council has confirmed that any sale of Westport House before 2017 would require repayment of €2 million in State grants for maintaining t(...)

Westport House, Co Mayo. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring has said negotiations between the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) and Mayo County Council on the fu(...)

Timely: this autumn’s supermoons and all the talk of life on Mars give a topical edge to I Was There’s distillation of evolution. Illustration: Michael Viney

How do you inspire an eight-year-old, say, with young delight in sharing with everything else on Earth, atoms born of the Big Bang, 14 billion years a(...)

South Street, New Ross: the potential of rural towns could be tapped into to relieve the burden on the capital.

Towns can be a part of the solution to Dublin’s housing shortage, by offering an alternative, according to architect and author, Orla Murphy. Speakin(...)

The site of Carrickmines Castle, in Co Dublin: the omission of any reference to its national monument status from the Carrickmines Conservation Plan highlights the urgent need for review of heritage policy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Thirteen years ago, a small, diverse group of concerned citizens called “Carrickminders” entered the site of the Carrickmines Castle, south Dublin. We(...)