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.

Westport House, the 18th-century mansion which forms the centrepiece of one of the west’s most important tourist sites, has been put up for sale for €(...)

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(...)

Regeneration: Carrick-on-Suir is working on a town plan. Photograph: Design Pics/Getty

Despite the national return to economic growth, unemployment in rural towns and villages remains disproportionately high. A lack of vision and inad(...)

Old times: a photograph from the collection of the Irish Railway Record Society. Photograph: George Mahon/IRRS

Lots of us would say that Ireland didn’t have much of an industrial revolution. Colin Rynne would like us to think again. Dr Rynne, an industrial a(...)

Enriching awareness of our heritage: children on the Burren. Photograph courtesy of burrenlife.com

If your first response to a mention of the Heritage Council is “Heritage What?”, you are not alone. Yet it is very likely that you or someone in your (...)

"It's a beautiful house with a great sense of space": Kevin Desmond's Georgian house on Synge Street, in Dublin 8, was divided into nine pre-'63 bedsits before he restored it to its former glory

When Kevin Desmond bought this Georgian house, on Synge Street, in Dublin 8, it was divided into nine pre-’63 bedsits. And although he has renovate(...)

Michael Starrett said €1 million extra funding could support 250 communities.  Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The Heritage Council is seeking to claw back some of its diminished budget and has called on the Government to increase its funding by €1million this (...)

Barn owls feed almost exclusively on small mammals, making them susceptible to consuming contaminated rodents.

The unrestricted use of rat and mice poisons is having a catastrophic effect on Ireland’s barn owl population.A study of owl carcasses, collected over(...)