Heritage News & Events – February

Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Heritage Council is accepting applications from community groups and not-for-profit non-governmental organisations around the country for its Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2024. A zoom information webinar about the scheme will be held on Monday 4th March at 12 noon. Applications are open until Monday 25th March 2024. To see if you’re eligible for The Community Heritage Grant or to register for the webinar, click here.


All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme

The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme is open for applications. The programme is a full-time, 12-month course which provides an opportunity to keep many of the heritage building skills alive, guaranteeing their importance for the future, and ensuring that they continue to play an important role in conserving our past. The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme is geared towards those with experience in craft areas such as stonemasonry, carpentry, and joinery, bricklaying, blacksmithing, plastering, thatching, roofing and tiling, painting, and decorating. Deadline for applications is Monday 22nd April 2024 .To learn more about the programme, click here.


Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, manages the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme. Applications are invited from farmers participating in the Department’s schemes- ACRES, EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Calls 1, 2 and 3, Hen Harrier and Pearl Mussel Projects and The Burren Programme and participants in the Organic Farming Scheme. Applications are open until Wednesday 27th March 2024 at 5pm To see if you’re eligible or to learn more, click here.



Black Poplar & Aspen Survival in the Irish Landscape by Dr. Daniel Buckley

Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office is delighted to support the Kilkenny Naturalists’ Field Club for their National Tree Week event – Black Poplar & Aspen Survival in the Irish Landscape by Dr. Daniel Buckley. The black poplar is one of the rarest trees in Ireland. A tree of floodplain forests, it has a contested history here. It’s cousin the aspen is a tree of remote rocky places and river woods, forming clonal stands. Both species face an uncertain future. Join Dr Daniel Buckley who will present the results of his research and conservation work for both species on Monday 11th March, 7:30pm at Barrow Valley Activities Hub, Graiguenamanagh, R95 EKN5. Cover charge: €10


Bumble Bee Identification Workshop

Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office is hosting a free Bumblebee Identification workshop on Saturday 13th April , 10am-1pm in Kilkenny City.  During the workshop attendees will learn about Ireland’s bumblebees, how to identify the different species, and how to take part in the All-Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme.  The initial session will be indoors but will be followed by a walk to put your new skills into practice (weather permitting).  Numbers are limited, register by emailing biodiversity@kilkennycoco.ie.  Those attending will be encouraged to have completed the online NBDC bumblebee workshop, the in-person training will build on the online workshop content.  More details will be provided on registration.  This workshop is kindly supported by the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC).


An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies Workshop

Join the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office for an introduction to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ireland. During this workshop we will look at the features used to identify Ireland’s Dragonfly and Damselfly species, how to survey for them, where to find them, and helpful suggestions on identification resources. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their identification skills. The workshop is taking place at Avalon House Hotel, Castlecomer, Kilkenny on Saturday 22nd June, 10:00am – 3:00pm. To book a place,  visit https://biodiversityireland.ie/workshops/


Bat Conservation Ireland Small Grants Scheme

Applications are open Bat Conservation Ireland Small Grants Scheme. There are 4 funding streams available for bat-related research, conservation and events in Ireland for 2024.

  • Funding for Bat Groups affiliated to Bat Conservation Ireland;
  • Funding for bat education events (to be carried out in line with any public health restrictions/guidelines in place at the time);
  • Irish-based bat research; and
  • Carrying out bat conservation work.

Deadline for applications is Saturday 16th March 2024, 5pm. To learn more about the grant scheme, click here.


Royal Irish Academy Grant Schemes

The Royal Irish Academy are welcoming applicants for various grants schemes including the Archaeology Research Grants Scheme; the Archaeology Radiocarbon Dates Scheme and the Nowlan Digitisation Scheme For full information about all the Royal Irish Academy grant schemes, click here.

Image Source: Royal Irish Academy


‘Dear Mother’ shown at Belgrade Irish Festival

The Kilkenny-made film ‘Dear Mother’ directed by Kevin Hughes will be shown at the Belgrade Irish Festival from March 8th to 18th. Dear Mother was supported by the Kilkenny Decade of Centenaries Grant Scheme 2022. ‘Dear Mother’ is set during the Irish Civil war in 1922 and tells the tragic true story of John Murphy and John Phelan who were executed on 29th of December 1922 in Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny. Well Done to Kevin Hughes who will be going to the festival to discuss the film and represent the filmmaking community in Kilkenny.