Heritage News & Events 17.11.23

Heritage Stewardship Fund and Organisation Support Fund is now open for applications

The Heritage Council Heritage Stewardship Fund and Organisation Support Fund is now open for applications. The Stewardship Fund supports staff in local authorities, state agencies and third-level institutions responsible for heritage programmes. An information webinar about the scheme will take place on Friday 24th November at 12pm.  Click here to learn more.


The Organisation Support Fund supports not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations working in the heritage sector in Ireland by providing funding towards their core costs. An information webinar about the scheme will take place on Thursday 23rd November at 12:00 noon. Click here to learn more.




Deadline for applications for both schemes is Monday 15th January 2024 at 5pm.



Draft Kilkenny County Council Climate Action Plan

Kilkenny County Council is inviting the public to give their views on the Draft Climate Action Plan 2024-2029. This plan outlines the actions that Kilkenny County Council will take over the next five years to address climate action. The draft plan is on public display until Wednesday 20th December 2023.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions and observations on the Draft Plan by clicking the link below:



Hometown Architect call for projects is now open

Irish Architecture Foundation Hometown Architect call for projects is now open. This is the second round of Hometown Architect, whose focus is supporting small and medium towns outside of major urban centres. Three projects will be selected for development funding of €10,000 each plus mentoring and practical support from the IAF’s experienced placemaking team. There will be two online information sessions for architects and community members who are interested in applying; Wednesday 23rd November, 12pm – 1pm & Tuesday 13th December, 12pm – 1pm. Deadline for applications: 16th January 2023. To learn more and apply, click here .

From the Heart at Rothe House

From the Heart is a collaboration between Radical Acts and Kilkenny Writers Anonymous, which creatively explores what it was like at the end of the civil war. This weekend will see the culmination of work over three nights (17th, 18th & 19th November) at Rothe House on Parliament Street, Kilkenny. Based on true events in 1923, these stories have been re-imagined and brought to life through a series of workshops with Ita Morrissey. Some are inspired by family history and others prompted from historic reports but all are deeply personal recreations, that promises to provide a memorable evening. Talented local performers will be bringing these heart felt and often harrowing stories to life. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

This initiative is part of the Kilkenny County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2023 and is supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.



Environmental Science Kit for Ecological Recording available from Kilkenny Library Service

The Environmental Science Kit for Ecological Recording (ESKER) is available from Kilkenny Library Service.  It contains a range of equipment, from insect collection nets to magnifying glasses and various species swatches to help with proper identification. Provided by the Heritage Council, it’s to encourage citizen science and to encourage local ecological data recording to assist the collation of species recording which the National Biodiversity Data Centre co-ordinate (https://biodiversityireland.ie).


Irish Walled Towns Network Conference

The 2023 Irish Walled Towns Network Conference takes place in Limerick City on Friday 24th November with a focus on Early Buildings in our Historic Towns.

View the programme and book your place at https://tinyurl.com/yef8srxk


South East Greenway Public Consultation
Kilkenny County Council is inviting you to join the conversation and have your say at the South East Greenway Public Consultation on Wednesday, 22nd November from 11am to 2pm in the Rhu Glenn Hotel, Slieverue and from 3:30 to 7pm in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross.  Exciting and collaborative work is underway to discover the many places, stories, people and communities along the historic railway route of the South East Greenway.


Conservation Grants

Applications are open for conservation grants for protected structures under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS). Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, it supports small-scale conservation projects with the minimum level of funding awarded will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000. The Historic Structures Fund enables larger scale conservation works to be carried out with four different funding streams.  Deadline for applications for both grants is Friday 19th January 2024, 5pm. To learn more about the conservation grants, click here.