Heritage is a valuable resource that gives us a sense of place and contributes to our well-being. It is also vital for social, environmental and economic reasons.
The Heritage Office celebrates Fingal’s heritage; provides advice and information on heritage issues; develops policies and priorities for the identification, protection, conservation and enhancement of Fingal's heritage; collects and collates heritage data, and promotes and supports heritage awareness & education throughout the county.
The heritage officer programme is a partnership between the Heritage Council and the Local Authority. Download information on the Heritage Officer Programme here.
Heritage Week 2022
National Heritage Week 2022 will take place from Saturday, 13th August to Sunday, 21st August 2022 and there will be plenty happening in Fingal.
This year our Heritage Officer Christine Baker is delighted to welcome the full return of in-person events, as well as continuing to showcase digital heritage projects, which proved so popular over the last two years
The Community Monuments Fund
The Community Monuments Fund was first established by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage July, 2020, when an allocation of €1.4 million for expenditure on improvements to archaeological monuments was announced. Funding increased to just over €4 million in 2021 and to €6 million in 2022.
Digital Heritage Projects
The current circumstances have provided an opportunity to move a number of our heritage projects online. There are pieces of oral history captured on video, drone films, an online exhibition and colouring book pages to download.
Cultural heritage includes tangible culture (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art, and artefacts), intangible culture (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity). UNESCO
Natural heritage refers to the sum total of the elements of biodiversity, including flora and fauna, ecosystems and geological structures
Heritage and Communities
Fingal Heritage Office works proactively to support communities and heritage groups to undertake projects, events and local heritage initiatives.
Archaeology is about people in the past, and Community is about people in the present. Community archaeology is about connecting people to their past in a unique and collaborative way.
Drumanagh promontory fort is a nationally important archaeological site and is of international significance in terms of Ireland’s relationship with the Roman world. Digging Drumanagh is the first scientific excavation ever undertaken at the site.
Heritage and Climate Change
The heritage resource is particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.
Heritage and Tourism
From the time of the Vikings Fingal has been recognised as having its own distinctive qualities, from gently undulating hills and an extensive coastline, to a rich agricultural, archaeological and historical heritage.