Kilkenny Heritage Forum
The Kilkenny Heritage Forum was established in 2007 to advise and assist in the preparation and implementation of the County Kilkenny Heritage Plan. The Forum is composed of three working groups, namely built heritage, natural heritage, and cultural heritage.
Kilkenny Heritage Forum Logo
The Kilkenny Heritage Forum logo is the Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale). In Ireland, the Autumn crocus is only found at a few sites in Kilkenny, specifically in the Nore valley, in damp meadows and on the river banks. As one of our rarest and most threatened plants it represents a facet of Kilkenny’s heritage.
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are proposing the first ever National Cultural Policy – Culture 2025 – which will clearly articulate the important role of culture in our country and which will set out a road map for what we want to achieve in the cultural sector for the next 10 years leading up to 2025.
The County Kilkenny Heritage Plan is a five year strategic plan which sets out practical actions that are designed to identify, protect, promote and manage the heritage of the county. The plan, which is the first of its kind for Kilkenny, is non-statutory and represents a new approach to heritage management in the county. The Plan was developed by and is overseen by the Kilkenny Heritage Forum.
The Heritage Plan is relevant to a number of county level plans and policies. Kilkenny City and County Development Plans set out the overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the city and county of Kilkenny. The County Kilkenny Heritage Plan plays an integral role in contributing to the main strategic aims of the County and City Development Plans. Kilkenny’s Local Economic and Community Plan sets out the strategy for the economic, social and cultural development in the county; the Kilkenny Heritage Plan contributes to the achievement of priorities in this strategy. The Heritage Plan also promotes the principle of local community involvement, which is at the heart of Local Agenda 21.
The County Kilkenny Biodiversity Plan is a five year action plan which provides a framework for the conservation of biodiversity at a local level. The main aim of the first Kilkenny Biodiversity Plan is the identification and assessment of Kilkenny’s biodiversity resource. The Plan is implemented by the Heritage Office, in partnership with the Kilkenny Heritage Forum.