Humans have occupied Ireland for the past 10,000 years, leaving us with a rich legacy of archaeological monuments and landscapes. We work to conserve this unique archaeological heritage.

Welcome to Archaeology

The Heritage Council is responsible for proposing policy, raising awareness, and promoting the conservation of our national archaeological heritage. As defined in the Heritage Act, 1995 [PDF 96KB], archaeology is an area that looks at the human past by examining evidence from the historic environment, artefacts, monuments, buildings, landscapes and seascapes.


€1.8m in Funding for ‘Ireland’s Ancient East

Announcement of first phase of Fáilte Ireland capital investment for key attractions as well as funding for initial signage.


Connecting Policy Proposals for Ireland’s Towns

5th November, Kilkenny- This conference will address the difficulties facing many of Ireland’s smaller towns and set out an agenda that will deliver benefits for Ireland’s towns and the people who live in them.


Historic Towns Initiative
This pilot scheme involves the three historic towns of Westport, Listowel & Youghal. Council and its partners are seeking to combine the conservation of the built & natural heritage through effective urban renewal while maximising the economic value of tourism to the towns.


A proposal for regenerating Ireland’s historic towns and villages

Our IWTN have created a set of solutions which if funded will help make Ireland’s towns and villages better places in which to live, work and visit.