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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Heritage council ask you to adopt a monument

A community archaeological dig at one of Fingal’s most important heritage sites at Drumanagh in Loughshinny
A community archaeological dig at one of Fingal’s most important heritage sites at Drumanagh in Loughshinny

The Heritage Council is encouraging communities in Fingal where national monuments are sited, to 'Adopt A Monument'.

The Adopt a Monument scheme is dedicated to recognising, preserving and celebrating heritage sites throughout Ireland.

It is a way of bringing monuments into the heart of the community.

Our heritage is rich and diverse so a monument can be anything including ringforts, lime kilns, sites associated with the travelling community, or modern sites.

For communities, the Adopt a Monument Scheme offers a way of promoting pride in our monuments.

It also offers opportunities to develop and understand the story of your locality and to work collaboratively together.

From mentoring and training to assistance with funding applications and community events, the Heritage Council works in partnership to help to develop a deeper understanding of the monument and its place in the landscape.

A spokesperson for the Heritage Council said: 'We will work with communities to create and implement bespoke plans for each adopted monument.

'Since 2016 adopted monuments include sites such as Anglo Norman fortifications, medieval churches and graveyards and a walled garden, the Heritage Council is encouraging communities to define what a monument is.'

Now in its fourth year, the Adopt a Monument scheme offers communities a way of promoting pride in local sites of heritage. It has already presented a wealth of benefits to the participating communities, including encouraging members to get active in the outdoors, galvanising local community spirit and providing a boost to tourism and local employment opportunities. Since the launch of the scheme, 150 entries have been received with 13 sites across the country selected to become adopted monuments.

To nominate a local monument please visit www.heritagecouncil.ie

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