New Heritage Plan for County Kildare


Kildare County Council and Kildare Heritage Forum are beginning the process of writing a 
new Heritage Plan for County Kildare and would like to hear your views on what actions should be contained in the new Plan by the 12th April 2013.

Heritage can be considered to be our inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture. Heritage is both the tangible and intangible. It is how we identify ourselves and define a sense of place. Heritage includes natural heritage such as flora, fauna geology, wildlife areas, landscape waterways and biological diversity. It includes built or man – made heritage such as demesne houses, vernacular architecture, monuments, archaeology, heritage gardens and parks and cultural heritage can include local history, folklore, traditions, museums, archives, place names and genealogy.

The Heritage Act, 1995, states that the national heritage includes the following: Monuments, Archaeological objects, Heritage objects, Flora, Fauna, Wildlife habitats, Landscapes, Seascapes, Wrecks, Geology Heritage Gardens and Parks and Inland Waterways.

County Heritage Plan:

A County Heritage Plan is a series of actions compiled from input from organisations and individual who have an interest in the heritage of County Kildare. It is a five year document, which details how heritage in the county shall be managed and protected on a partnership basis. It is an opportunity to identify heritage issues and heritage needs at a local level and to address them locally within a national framework. This is a second heritage Plan for County Kildare. Details of the actions carried out under the first plan can be viewed here:

It is intended that the draft Heritage Plan will be published in summer 2013. A key benefit of the plan is that it will facilitate access to national funding for projects and other initiatives relating to heritage in the county.

Heritage Forum:

The writing of a heritage plan is overseen by the County Kildare Heritage Forum, which is made up of organisations or individual with in the county who work in the area of heritage or have an interest in heritage.
Details of the Forum can be found here:


Submissions can be made by completing the submission form, attached and available on line or by writing to email the heritage officer at For your information a Heritage Plan briefing Document is attached.


Closing date for receipt of submissions in Friday 12th April 2013.

If you have any queries please contact Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer, Kildare County Council at or 045 980791.