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.


ICOMOS Ireland Monthly Meetings Go Virtual!

Due to the current Covid-19 Restrictions, we are planning a number of topics/presentations for the next few monthly meetings, which will happen virtually, allowing us to continue to engage with the significant issues relating to Cultural Heritage and ICOMOS. Details on these meetings, including links to join, will be sent to members in advance. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12th May from 6pm to 7pm and includes a discussion on 'Heritage, Culture in a time of Covid-19 and post-Covid-19, ICOMOS role and priorities'. 

We are continuing to work on other topics and presentations for the Monthly Members Meetings and are also happy to receive proposals from members. So please keep your regular ICOMOS meeting in the diary – generally the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm.

ICOMOS Submission to the UN Special Rapportuer in the Field of Cultural Rights

In seeking to find new and creative ways to connect with our members amidst the current global health crisis, ICOMOS Ireland launched its first virtual ICOMOS Monthly Meeting on Tuesday April 21st.

Co-ordinated by Deirdre McDermott, ICOMOS Ireland representative to the Climate Change Working Group, the meeting focused on gathering a response to an invitation received by ICOMOS Ireland via the Climate Change Working Group to contribute to the 2020 report of the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights. The completed responses were a collaborative effort between the Climate Change and the OCDI-RBA Working Groups, resulting in the ICOMOS Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights and Climate Change, with the Irish input informed by the inaugural ICOMOS Ireland Virtual Members Meeting. The complete ICOMOS Submission can be viewed here.

International Day for Monuments and Sites 2020 

This year, the theme for the International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18th April is ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’. To mark IDMS this year, ICOMOS Ireland had planned to launch Other Stories – Cultural Heritage and Society; an ICOMOS Ireland Research and Advocacy Project – inspired by the Council of Europe Faro Convention 2005 on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions the launch has had to be postponed. We do intend to reschedule the launch when circumstances allow, and we are also exploring alternative ways to celebrate the publication. Other Stories will be available online on the ICOMOS Ireland website and in hard copy in due course. Browsing through the Contents Page will provide an insight into the Case Studies to be revealed in the publication which is followed a Forward by ICOMOS Ireland President Gráinne Shaffrey.

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.


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. 



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