Sheela na Gig carving on White Island, Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Getty Images

We have the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and the Northern Causeway route, and now a new heritage route around Ireland finding the mysteri(...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

Andrew ‘Mouse’ Fleming with Children enjoying ‘Wild Kids’ Day’ organised by the children’s nature charity Owls at Turvey Nature Reserve, Donabate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

We’ve all seen them. The families who rock up to some fabulous forest, coastal stretch or national park and don’t venture beyond the car-park – or the(...)

Jim Callery: will be honoured at an event in Finland in May co-hosted by tenor Plácido Domingo and EU commissioner  Tibor Navracsics. Photograph: Ruth Lanigan/Irish Heritage Trust

The founder of the Irish National Famine Museum in Co Roscommon has won a major European award recognising work in the heritage field. Jim Callery h(...)

 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(...)

An old Irish goat: you can learn about conserving the last ones during heritage week. Illustration: Michael Viney

Walk to the Boheh Stone to watch the sun roll down the Reek. Try Neolithic corngrinding at the Stone Age Céide Fields. Hear the lives of lighthouse ke(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Jim O’Sullivan, organising committee, Beara-Breifne Way (left) and Michael Starrett, chief executive, Heritage Council (right) at the launch of the Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport for the longest walking trail in Ireland. Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

ÓRLA RYAN SEVERAL LOCAL groups have come together to undertake Ireland’s largest ever community based project – a 500km walkway. B(...)