ICOMOS Ireland

ICOMOS Ireland was founded in 1984. It has grown and developed and has a sizeable membership drawn from the State heritage services, local government, museums, universities and private practice.

ICOMOS Ireland organises activities on the International Day for Monuments and Sites. It hosts meetings to pursue its objectives.

ICOMOS Ireland follows and comments on matters in regard to World Heritage Sites and Sites on the Tentative list in Ireland. 

ICOMOS Ireland is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No. 435591) and is a registered charity (CHY17077). 

It has an elected board of directors comprising of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Company Secretary, Membership Secretary and five ordinary members.

ICOMOS Ireland seeks to gather a membership that will include recognised experts in their field of specialisation; to recruit emerging professionals seeking such specialisation; and it aspires to give all members ample opportunities and stimulus to become actively engaged in the work of the National Committee. To learn more, click here

ICOMOS Ireland holds monthly committee meetings which are open to all members and often followed by talks. Information on meetings and talks can be found in the Meetings section of the website.


ICOM and ICOMOS have issued a joint statement on the threats to cultural heritage in cases of armed conflict, reminding all parties of armed conflicts of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The statement condemns any deliberate destruction of cultural heritage and calls on all parties to respect the international agreements that rule armed conflicts, and to protect the world's cultural heritage wherever it is, regardless of religious beliefs or political intentions. The full statement can be read here

21st Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture - Keeping Heritage Above Water

The 21st Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture was held in Dublin Castle on Thursday, 31st October 2019. The evening comprised a lecture and panel discussion with keynote speaker Dr Cara Augustenborg examined the Sustainable Development Goals and their relationship to cultural heritage, particularly when facing today's challenges to sustainably adapt for climate change and contemporary needs.

Videos of the lectures and panel discussion from the evening can be found here.



Tuesday 10th December, 6pm

RSAI, 63 Merrion Square

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Elene Negussie, Manager of the Hanseatic Town of Visby World Heritage Site, Gotland (Sweden), and former ICOMOS Ireland Board Member, will join us for the December members meeting and provide a short talk on Visby World Heritage Site and her work managing this site.

The Handeatic town of Visby was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995 as a unique northern European medieval walled trading town, located on the island of Gotland some 100km off the Swedish mainland in the Baltic Sea. The fact that Visby has survived as a living town through continuous adaptation to the medieval from and function is also part of its significance. In 2018, a new management and stakeholder engagement to renew the vision, goals and actions for the site. Principles of sustainable development and the Historic Urban Landscape approach were used as a blue print. Further information on the Hanseatic Town of Visby World Heritage Site can be found here.

Elene Negussie is an urban geographer from Stockholm with a Ph.D. in geography from Trinity College Dublin where she was also a postdoctoral scholar. Since 2014, she is site manager for the Hanseatic Town of Visby at Region Gotland, Sweden. She previously lectured in World Heritage Management at University College Dublin and co-authored the book World Heritage Conservation: The World Heritage Convention, linking culture and nature for sustainable development.

Elene's talk will be followed by refreshments and a glass of wine

All members welcome!


The November 2019 Members Meeting will be a presentation and discussion on the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Initative - addressing our Human Rights Based Approaches to cultural heritage. It will present the experiences of three members (Deirdre McDermott, Mona O'Rourke and Gráinne Shaffrey) of a recent training programme in Estonia, which they participated in, and how this relates to the work of ICOMOS in Ireland and our members. Further information on the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Initiative can be found here. The meeting will take place on November 12th at 6pm.


It is with great delight that we inform you that our esteemed member and former President, Grellan D. Rourke has been announced winner of the 2019 ICCROM Award. Please see the formal announcement on ICCROM’s website here.

Grellan has contributed so much to cultural heritage at international and national level. We, at ICOMOS Ireland can feel privileged and proud of Grellan’s involvement with ICCROM over the years, which gladly continues.

Our warmest congratulations go to Grellan for this award which is so richly deserved. 


 The 20th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture titled Future Historic City - New Approaches for a Sustainable 21st Century City and presented by Professor Mike Turner, took place on October 17th 2018. A link to the lecture can be found here.

Professor Mike Turner



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