Monday 23 September 2019

New Heritage Plan for the county is launched by Mayor

Launch of the Fingal Heritage Plan
Launch of the Fingal Heritage Plan

John Manning

A comprehensive plan to 'support and sustain' Fingal's rich heritage has been launched by Fingal County Council.

Fingal's third Heritage Plan 2019 which sets out key actions to support and sustain the County's rich and diverse heritage has been launched by Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien.

The Plan, launched in St Sylvester's Parish Church in Malahide, recognises the full range of Fingal's historic inheritance ranging from natural landscapes like the Howth peninsula and Naul Hills, to over 1,000 monuments and archaeological sites including Drumanagh and Swords Castle.

Further examples include industrial and agricultural sites like Skerries Mills, and cultural treasures including colloquialisms descended from medieval 'Fingallian Speech' and a strong uilleann piping tradition exemplified by Seamus Ennis.

The main objectives of the third Heritage Plan for Fingal are summarised in four themes: 'Communicating our heritage to a wide audience', 'Caring for our heritage', 'Increasing the level of community activity for heritage', and 'Supporting the local economy'.

Actions to accomplish these outcomes include increasing public knowledge, education and participation in Fingal's heritage through media, events and inter-agency cooperation, research, training and support for heritage and the maintenance of local traditions, histories and groups, the development of a Fingal Heritage Trust to deliver a financially sustainable operating model, the creation and maintenance of an archaeological records archive, and integrating heritage into planning and major capital works processes.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'Fingal's heritage is deep and diverse, and the Heritage Plan will ensure that it continues to be preserved, managed and promoted for the benefit of all. I look forward to seeing its implementation bear fruit in the coming years.'

Interim Chief Executive of Fingal County Council AnnMarie Farrelly said about the new Heritage Plan for the county: 'Fingal's unique identity is intimately tied to its wealth of heritage, and the Heritage Plan is vital to ensuring that it is handled sustainably and effectively.

'The participative and community-focussed approach to producing the plan was laudable and will be vital to ensuring the plan's success.'

Fingal Independent