Activities - Talks Archives


All events take place on a Tuesday unless otherwise noted:

  • 9 January - Report on proceedings and outcomes of 19th ICOMOS General Assembly held in Delhi in December 2017
  • 13 March - Presentation by Peter Cox on recent World Heritage mission to Nan Madol, Micronesia
  • 18 April (Weds)- ICOMOS International Sites and Monuments Day, Theme: Heritage for Generations. Information evening organised by the Emerging Professional's Group
  • 8 May - Presentation by Patricia Cunningham on the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and the potential challenges and opportunities for Ireland in ratifying it.
  • 11 September - Does Ireland Have A 20th Century Concrete-Based Cultural Heritage? A group presentation with contributors to the 20 of the 20th InnovaConcrete survey project
  • 13 October (Weds) - Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture – Professor Michael Turner - Historic Urban Landscape Theme
  • 8 November - European Year of Cultural Heritage theme (awaiting proposal)
  • 10 December - Presentation on European Year of Cultural Heritage projects



  • 14 February - Presentation on EAC Report on Part IV Planning and Development Act, 2000, by Nessa Roche, Architectural Conservation Advisor, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
  • 11 April - International Day for Monuments and Sites Presentation on The Norman Way - Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism. Speakers; Eamonn Hore CEng FIEI, Director of Services, Wexford County Council; Dr. Adrian Empey, Historian; Emmet Stafford, Archaeologist.
  • 13 June - Aideen Herron, 2016 Rachel MacRory Award winner Fruit of the Loom: The Development and Conservation of the Linen Buildings and Landscape of Bessbrook, County Armagh
  • 3 November - Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture The Heritage of Tourism, 'Keeping Sight of Sites' by Dr Peter Harbison
  • 19 December - Christmas Event with talk on the Conservation Plan for No.63 Merrion Square and the recent conservation works given by Margaret Quinlan, Rachel Ross and George O'Malley



Tuesday February 9th 2016
Martin McKeith, 2015 Rachel MacRory Award winner

Tuesday April 12th 2016
Paul Rouse



  • 12 May - Villes et villages d'art et de patrimoine / Towns and Villages of Art and Heritage in Quebec

Lecture by Claude Dubé  Professeur titulaire, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage, Université Laval

Helen Roe Theatre, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2  

"Villes et villages d’art et de patrimoine" is a national network in Quebec which brings together various partners with a shared mission to promote and develop the arts, culture and heritage, and to harness human and cultural resources to achieve local economic development. Claude Dubé (professeur titulaire, and UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage at the Université Laval), the initiator of the project, will describe the approach, with case studies. 

Benefiting from a job-creation program, a tripartite partnership (Quebec government, local governments and Université Laval) created this network to sustain non-profit organisations, by helping them with business development ideas, and to turn the under-utilised skills and expertise of individuals into support for these cultural and heritage enterprises.

The project draws on the synergy between landscape and tangible and intangible forms of heritage at the local and regional levels across Quebec. M. Dubé will describe the experience of creating a network of ‘Cultural Development Agents’, with a work-study training program and guidance, leading to ‘Communities of Practice’, that is, groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn to do it better as they interact regularly.

Due to demand from the Municipalities, the programme was extended for over a decade. The lecture described the political background, pedagogical approach, major themes taught, and show examples of what the project accomplished and the network thereby created. For more information see and

  • 14 May – Teagasc Invitation - EU NPA-funded Craft Reach Launch

Teagasc extended a special invite for ICOMOS Ireland to the launch of the EU NPA-funded Craft Reach project in Ireland with keynote talk by Professor Claude Dubé, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage, University of Laval, Quebec. 

Event: Cultural Heritage and Regional & Local Development

Location: An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street, Galway

For programme, click here.


  • 14 April"Heritage Tourism as a catalyst for Community Development" - Marie Taylor, Limerick IT.
  • 10 February - "Amongst Ruins" - Fidelma Mullane, President Vernacular Heritage NSC



  • 8th April - CEN TC346 WG8: 

Tor Brostrom (Co Convenor of the CEN TC346 WG8), 'Presentation on the work of the Commitee and the New European Standard on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings';

Alexandra Troi, 'Presentation on 3Encult Project';

Carsten Hermann, 'Presentation EFFESUS - Energy Efficiency in Urban Places.

  • 10 June - Léa Espinas, "The use of social medias in the promotion of heritage"
  • 9 December- Terry Moylan 'The Union/Uileann pipes as tangible and intangible heritage – a short history.' 



  • 8 January - Peter Cox "Report on energy efficiency ISC ratified in Beijing 2012"
  • 12 February - Grellan Rourke, "An introduction to the Inscription Process for World Heritage Sites"
  • 11 June - Merlo Kelly, "Luke Gardiner and the Gardiner estate. Conserving an urban morphology."
  • 12 November - James Howley "Conservation of places of worship" 



  • 10 January - '17th ICOMOS General Assembly Paris 2011'. Discussion led by Deirdre McDermott
  • 14 February - 'The Role of ICOMOS Ireland: our future direction'. Discussion led by Mona O'Rourke
  • 13 March - 'Heritage Management on Scarce Resources'. Discussion led by Geraldine Walsh
  • 10 April - 'The Heritage Council's Traditional Farm Buildings Grants Scheme'. Speakers: Anna Meenan and Colm Murray
  • 8 May - 'ICCROM's Sites Unit: research, training and capacity building'. Speaker: Naomi Deegan
  • 12 June - 'Access: improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places'. Speakers: Fionnuala Rogerson and Grainne Shaffrey
  • 11 September - POSTPONED until early 2013. Date to be advised: 'Conservation of Places of Worship'. Speaker: James Howley
  • 9 October - 'LEADER Funding for Heritage Projects'.  Speaker: Jacqui Donnelly, DAHG.

Postponed by kind agreement with the speaker to January 2013, to facilitate the delivery of recently launched information on this important funding opportunity: 'The New ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy Efficiency'. Discussion led by Peter Cox

  • 11 December - 'The EU funded 3D-ICONS Discovery Programme'. Speaker: Robert Shaw. This is a three year project digitally documenting architectural and archaeological sites of outstanding value.

Talks take place after committee meetings (members only). 



  • 11 January - 'ICOMOS International Scientific Committees: meetings during the ADCOM meeting in Dublin Castle 26-31 October, 2010'. Reports by the conveners
  • 8 February - 'Economy and Heritage: implications of recent budgetary cut-backs in Ireland'. Discussion
  • 8 March - 'Dubrovnik/Valletta Principles for the ICOMOS National Committees'. Discussion
  • 12 April - 'Martello Towers: a global Georgian fortification phenomenon'. Speaker: Jason Bolton
  • 14 June - 'Roofs: a guide to the repair of historic roofs'. Speaker: Laura Bowen
  • 13 September - 'Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings'. Speaker: Paul Arnold (followed by discussion) 



  • 9 February - 'To lead the curious to points of view: the designed landscape of the Blackwater River Valley'. Speaker: Finola O'Kane Crimmins
  • 9 March - 'Overview of proposals to replace the National Monuments Acts'. Presentation/discussion led by Sean Kirwan and Margaret Gowen
  • 13 April - 'Gallanstown Waterworks: its contribution to social, political and engineering theory'. Speaker: Michael Corcoran
  • 8 June - 'Review of Part IV Planning and Development Act, 2000'. Discussion led by Nicki Matthews, Elene Negussie and Grainne Shaffrey
  • 14 September - 'World heritage management in Ethiopia: the Lalibela world heritage site'. Speaker: Elene Negussie
  • 12 October -'The work of ICOMOS International Scientific Committees'. Discussion led by Peter Cox and Grellan Rourke
  • 9 November - 'Mapping, monitoring and visualising historic buildings in 3D'. Speaker: John Menealy
  • 14 December - 'Ireland's tentative list for world heritage site nominations'. Discussion led by Peter Cox and Willie Cumming 



  • 13 January - 'Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000'. Discussion led by Fionnuala May and Helena Bergin
  • 10 February - 'The Heritage Council and its cultural heritage policy'. Speaker: Michael Starrett
  • 9 March - 'The Icomos International Secretariat'. Speaker: Gaia Jungeblodt
  • 14 April - 'The influence of Chinoiserie in Ireland in the 18th Century'. Speaker: Patrica Wrafter
  • 8 September - 'Measuring climate change vulnerability: a case study of Bru na Boinne'. Speaker: Cathy Daly
  • 10th November - 'Flooding management by the OPW'. Speaker: Tony Smith


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