Are you a member of a heritage group, heritage organisation, historical society, museum, heritage centre, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), environmental group, Tidy Towns committee or a community group with a heritage remit?
If so, the County Donegal Heritage Office and the County Donegal Heritage Forum would like to hear your views on what should be included in the new County Donegal Heritage Plan.
A free Information Breakfast Event will take place in the Radisson Hotel, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny on Monday, November 21 at 10 a.m.
(Pictured above in the Council Chamber, Lifford at a workshop for the preparation of the new County Donegal Heritage Plan are consultant John O’Brien and members of the County Donegal Heritage Forum. Donegal County Council has started the process of preparing its third County Heritage Plan.)
Advance booking is required through Donegal County Museum on (074) 912 4613 or by e-mail at email@example.com. A light breakfast will be served.
“Donegal County Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum in partnership with The Heritage Council are beginning the process of preparing a new heritage plan for the county” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.
“The County Heritage Plan is a five-year strategic action plan for the identification, conservation, management, promotion and interpretation of our built, cultural and natural heritage. It’s important that all heritage groups, community groups interested in our heritage and those working in the heritage sector contribute their ideas, concerns and suggestions to see if they can be addressed in our new County Heritage Plan. The plan will direct heritage priorities, resources and funding for heritage in the county over the next five years.”
The new County Donegal Heritage Plan will include actions relating to our natural environment (such as wildlife, habitats, flora, fauna and geology), our built environment (such as historic buildings, landscapes, parks and gardens shaped by human design), our archaeology (such as monuments, ancient objects and shipwrecks) and our cultural inheritance (such as skills, folklore, traditions and archives).
The new plan will be the third County Heritage Plan for County Donegal. Consultant John O’Brien has been commissioned by Donegal County Council to assist in preparing a first draft of the new plan and he will lead a workshop with those attending the Information Breakfast Event.
In the new National Heritage Plan – Heritage Ireland 2030 – published in February 2022, there is a commitment to “Continue the preparation and implementation of County Heritage Plans and resource their implementation with a view to maximising their effectiveness and assistance in the delivery of Heritage Ireland 2030” (Action 148).
At present, core funding for the implementation of County Heritage Plans is provided by The Heritage Council.
In order to access this funding, the County Donegal Heritage Office and County Donegal Heritage Forum apply to The Heritage Council every year for priority actions identified in the County Heritage Plan. This funding is matched by funding from Donegal County Council and other County Heritage Forum partners.
Details of a full public consultation process on the preparation of the new County Donegal Heritage Plan will be announced soon. If you would like to find out more about the preparation of the new County Heritage Plan, contact the County Donegal Heritage Office on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org