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County Roscommon
HERITAGE PLAN 2017 - 2021
Incorporating County Roscommon Biodiversity Plan
                      Prepared by County Roscommon Heritage Forum
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County Roscommon Heritage Forum wishes to acknowledge the role         For further information contact:
of the Heritage Council in initiating and supporting the preparation
of this Heritage Plan in association with Roscommon County Council.    Heritage Officer,
In addition, the Forum acknowledges the support of the Heritage        Roscommon County Council,
Council through its contribution to the funding of the post of the     Áras an Chontae,
Heritage Officer and the implementation of projects under the           Roscommon,
Roscommon Heritage Plans 2004-2008 and 2012-2016, in                   Co. Roscommon.
association with Roscommon County Council.
                                                                       Telephone: 090 6637135
Images courtesy of:                                                    Email:
Mick McCormack, Frank Scott, Roscommon County Council, Drum  
Heritage Group, Glynn’s Photography, Google, Gerard O’Loughlin,
Breffni Ireland Ltd, JG O’Donoghue, Department of Arts, Heritage
& the Gaeltacht,, Blackwood Associates
Architects & Castlecoote House.

                                                                       © Roscommon County Council 2017
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The aim of the County Roscommon Heritage Plan is to continue to create and promote
 an increased knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural
 heritage of County Roscommon and to conserve it for future generations -
                           Notice, Care, Enjoy.

CONTENTS                                                                          Page

Cathaoirleach - Foreword                                                            4
Chief Executive - Foreword                                                          4
Chairperson of County Roscommon Heritage Forum - Foreword                           4
Introduction                                                                        5
Context                                                                             5
Achievements of County Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016                          6-8
Strategic Goals 1-10                                                              9-18
Appendices                                                                       19-25
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    As Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council I am delighted to welcome the third heritage plan for County Roscommon. County
    Roscommon’s heritage is rich and varied. Our wonderful archaeological and mythological heritage is attracting people from all over
    the world to visit the Rathcroghan Complex, Royal Heritage Site of Ireland. Our medieval heritage is magnificent and attracts national
    and international archaeological study and visitors to Ballintubber Castle, Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Dominican Abbey, Tulsk
    Priory, Rindoon and Boyle Abbey. Our historic houses are capturing the imagination of tourists as are our industrial heritage assets.

    Our natural heritage is an essential aspect of our heritage, described by Starrett (2004:2) as “our living heritage”. People are getting
    out into the countryside to rediscover our bogs, forests, rivers and lakes through loops, walks and way marked ways. The heritage
    plan includes Roscommon County Council’s Biodiversity plan. With many community groups already embracing pollinator initiatives,
    this plan supports continued biodiversity projects to protect our bees and other lesser known pollinators including ladybirds through
    increased wild flower meadows in our counties villages and towns.

    Heritage has an intrinsic value which cannot be quantified. It enhances our quality of life and wellbeing. Its significance as a cultural
    resource has grown in recent years and with that the realization that it has a vital role to play in tourism and job creation. The work
    of local groups in County Roscommon in recognising their own heritage and their efforts to develop its potential for the benefit of the
    community is acknowledged and supported through this plan.

    I would like to pay tribute to our excellent Heritage Officer Nollaig Feeney, who has to be complimented for her way of promoting
    community engagement with heritage. The phenomenal success of heritage week in County Roscommon each year is testament to
    this approach which has engendered and garnered the enthusiastic response of the community with an array of excellent heritage
    events throughout the County. I would like to thank the Heritage Council for their continued support. I would also like to thank all
    those involved in the preparation of this plan, our heritage officer Nollaig Feeney and the members of County Roscommon Heritage
    Forum, under the chairmanship of Cllr Joe Murphy for their commitment, expertise and time.
    Go n-éirí an t-ádh le Plean Oidhreachta Ros Comáin (2017 - 2021).
    Cllr. Orla Leyden

    I welcome the County Roscommon Heritage Plan 2017-2021. Unfortunately in the past “heritage” was at times regarded as being
    a cost to society, a financial burden almost, only tolerated because it was seen as a moral duty. Fortunately this view of our heritage
    is very much confined to the past and has been replaced with a great respect for everything associated with it, including the myths
    and legends, castles and gravestones, mounds and ruins, and much, much more. In fact our heritage is part of who we are, our
    provenance, our deeper values, defining our history and leaving untold wealth to a nation and people. This shift in understanding is
    reflected and protected in national / local policies and priorities. The value of our heritage is recognised and valued in all aspects of
    our lives, not just in our economy but also for our social and community development and, of course to our well-being and quality
    of life. This Plan links into and compliments existing Roscommon County Council priorities and plans, thus ensuring that our resources
    will be used to maximise the best outcome for the County.
    Mr. Eugene Cummins

    The County Roscommon Heritage Forum is a partnership between Roscommon County Council and heritage stakeholders countywide
    who work closely with the Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to address national heritage
    priorities, promote national best practice guidance at a local level and meet local heritage needs. The County Roscommon Heritage
    Forum works to prepare and implement the County Roscommon Heritage Plan. I welcome the publication of this plan and look
    forward to working with our partners to deliver this plan for the benefit of the people of Roscommon.
    Cllr. Joe Murphy
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The Heritage Act, 1995 defines heritage as including monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural
heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, inland waterways and heritage gardens
and parks. The County Roscommon Heritage Forum also considers that folklore, industrial heritage and local history are
important aspects of the county’s heritage.

Our heritage is a national asset to be valued and             CONTEXT
treasured. The people of Roscommon have always had            The value of heritage is increasingly recognised at
a strong pride, awareness and interest in their built,        national policy level as a very positive contributor to our
natural and cultural heritage. This is evidenced by the       economy for its tourism value and as a driver for rural
high levels of community involvement in heritage – at a       development, especially in rural areas like Co. Roscommon.
very local level and as a means of economic development.      This value is a cornerstone of government initiatives such
Community development groups, cemetery committees,            as Creative Ireland, Culture 2025, the National Landscape
tidy towns associations, heritage societies, schools and      Strategy, the Tourism Action Plan and ‘Realising our Rural
interested individuals are working hard all over the county   Potential – Action plan for Rural Development’, all of which
to care for their heritage – places, features or sites of     highlight heritage as an integral element of landscape and
importance to their community, some of which are also         society and as a tool for realising our social and economic
of national and international importance. These groups        potential.
work on very tight budgets. Modest support, financial
or technical, can make a huge difference to a heritage        This national policy filters down to County Roscommon
project which seeks to generate jobs, support                 through the Roscommon County Development Plan
conservation or improve people’s quality of life.             2014-2020, the Local Economic and Community Plan
The Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant                 2016-2021, the Local Development Strategy for delivery
programme is recognised nationally for the positive           of the LEADER Programme 2014–2020 in County Roscommon,
impact it has had and for the great returns that can          the County Roscommon Tourism Statement of Strategy
be gained from a little financial support.                     and Work Programme 2017-2022 and the Creative Ireland
                                                              programme all of which set out strategies and priorities
The value placed on heritage by the people of the             for leading economic, social and community development
county is vital to its enjoyment, management and              as well as promoting the well-being and quality of life of
protection and makes a vital contribution to a                the public and communities. Heritage is at the heart of all
community’s sense of belonging and wellbeing.                 of these plans either directly or indirectly. However heritage
                                                              needs adequate financial, structural and personnel resources
Heritage adds great value to our quality of life              to achieve all the potential that is now acknowledged in
and makes a great contribution to our social                  government policy.
and economic well being, including employment
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What did it do?
    The second heritage plan for County Roscommon was launched in February 2012. The plan had three objectives and actions were
    carried out under each objective as follows:

Objective 1: Collect and disseminate heritage information Notice
Black Pigs Dyke Regional Project - multi disciplinary research on the mysterious Black Pigs Dyke which includes the Doon of
Drumsna with the production of an Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No 68 – ‘The Black Pigs Dyke – Power Lines in the
Landscape’ and a website

Supported archaeological field school in north Roscommon in conjunction with Dr. Tom Finan, Saint Louis University, USA.

Awarded five heritage research bursaries for new post graduate research in the county, funded by Roscommon County Council.

Audit of geological & geomorphological Heritage of Co. Roscommon – the audit identified 29 County Geological Sites.
New guidebook - 'Karst, Turloughs & Eskers - the geological heritage of County Roscommon' by Robert Meehan & Matthew Parkes,
funded by the Heritage Council & Roscommon County Council.

New guidebook - 'Roscommon Abbey - A Visitors Guide' & leaflet by Dr. Kieran O'Conor and Brian Shanahan, funded by the Heritage
Council & Roscommon County Council.
Supported the Heritage Council Heritage Map Viewer �

Supported the annual ‘Archaeology Above and Below’ conference hosted by Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. �
On average 100 Heritage Office News emails were circulated each year to the 350 + people on the heritage mailing list .
Supported the County Roscommon Folklore and Oral History Network - over fifty new interviews were added to the archive
and a booklet ‘County Roscommon Folklore & Oral History Collection 2006-2016’ was produced to highlight the collection. �
Supported a review of the Record of Protected Structures as part of the review of the County Development Plan. �
Worked with the Irish Wildlife Trust to host a training workshop for the National Smooth Newt Survey. �
Supported Ballydangan Bog Red Grouse project. �
Worked with Bat Conservation Ireland to host a training workshop for the All Ireland Daubentons Bat Waterway Survey. �
Supported Trien Historical Group in a pilot project to record the inscriptions in Kilkeevin graveyard and make them available online

Supported Rural Social Scheme workers in a project to record the inscriptions in Kilglass graveyard and make them available
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OBJECTIVE 2: Promote best practice in heritage conservation and management Care
Community training project with eight workshops held around the county to promote best practice in recording historic graveyards
and publishing the details online The Heritage Intern provided follow-on support and training to community
groups who wished to record their graveyards.

Roscommon 3d - twenty four people took part in a community photogrammetry training project focusing initially on Roscommon
Cross slabs, images from this project can be found on

Three Pollinator Workshops were held in support of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. �

Five community heritage bursaries were awarded to promote best practice in heritage conservation and management. �

Traditional lime and stone wall training was provided by Pat McAfee for Roscommon CountyCouncil staff. �

Commissioned a historical reconstruction drawing of Rathcroghan mound. Installation of a wheelchair accessible picnic bench,
directional signage and two interpretation panels at Rathcroghan car park. Funded by Roscommon County Council. �

Supported the Táin March festival & schools 'warrior training' workshops. �

Supported the production of Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 75 – ‘The Route of the Táin Bó Cúailnge in counties Roscommon
and Longford’. �

Tulsk priory conservation project was carried out in conjunction with Tulsk Action Group, Roscommon LEADER Partnership and the
LEADER Programme.

Rinn Dúin Conservation and Management Plan launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan. Supported St. John’s Parish Heritage Group’s
ongoing emergency conservation works at Rinn Dúinn. Commissioned a suite of historic reconstruction drawings which were used
in new signage around the site.

Supported Ballintubber Tidy Towns on the preparation of the 'Ballintubber Castle Conservation Management Plan'.

Provided heritage data and information for the County Development Plan 2014-2020 which addresses development aims,
policies and objectives for built and natural heritage.

Lissonuffy Church and Kiltrustan Church emergency conservation projects. �

Stations of the Cross & Mosaics Conservation project, St. Coman’s Cemetery. �

Supported Roscommon Heritage Group with their Lions Gate Conservation project. �

Supported the national 'Let’s Get Buzzing' Tidy Towns Pollinator Award.
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OBJECTIVE 3: To raise awareness of our heritage Enjoy
Schools heritage project focused on graveyards and memorials in sixteen primary schools under the Heritage in Schools Scheme.

Supported a schools edit of the documentary film 'Mote Park a Time a Place'. Facilitated primary school screenings of the film in
Roscommon Arts Centre.

National Famine Commemoration schools art competition & exhibition. �

Worked with Dysart Rural Mens Group on the Comán's Wooded County schools tree planting project and colouring competition. �

Schools Pollinator Workshops in over thirty primary schools under the Heritage in Schools Scheme.

Promote and support National Heritage Week in County Roscommon. �

'Nature and Wildlife in County Roscommon' electronic book.

‘Notice Nature’ Marquee at Roscommon Lamb Festival family fun day.

Reprinted Heritage Office posters and leaflets as required on an ongoing basis. �

Six invasive species workshops were held - two for Roscommon County Council staff, two for Rural Social Scheme / TUS supervisors,
one for the general public and one for Tidy Towns groups - eighty people attended.

How does this Heritage Plan compare with the previous plan?
The County Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016 was an action plan, listing specifically what actions it intended to carry out.
This new plan is different. It sets out the strategic heritage goals for the county for the next five years. These goals aim to link
closely with already indentified heritage priorities such as those in the Local Economic and Community Plan and the County
Roscommon Tourism Statement of Strategy, these identified heritage priorities are set out in Appendix 2.

This co- operative approach should generate the best return and benefits for heritage in the county. These strategic goals will
be transformed in to an annual work programme which will be broken down into actions or tasks aligned to the people or
organisations who will be responsible for implementing them.
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             CULTURE AND CREATIVITY PLAN 2017 and other projects/programmes as they arise.

 The County Heritage Plan and the County Roscommon Heritage Forum will work to meet their assigned tasks
 under identified heritage priorities in the Local Economic and Community Plan, the County Roscommon Tourism
 Statement of Strategy and Creative Ireland Roscommon Culture and Creativity Plan 2017. This will involve
 delivering this Heritage Plan, working to maximize heritage tourism potential, working to implement the
 Creative Ireland programme working with the community sector, supporting the protection and enhancement
 of the natural and built environment especially along the River Shannon and its waterways, promoting awareness,
 protection and enhancement of biodiversity and supporting development and implementation of planning policies.
 Genealogy based visitors are an area of heritage tourism potential that could also be enhanced.
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 Working with community groups is crucial to caring for heritage in the county. Heritage advice and information
 at project planning stage can help them achieve their project in accordance with best practice in heritage
 conservation and management. Sharing heritage information and experiences is very useful for community
 groups. The Heritage Office News email list, the Public Participation network and social media are useful tools
 for getting heritage information out to communities all around the county. Assistance with grant applications
 and fulfilling statutory notification/planning/consent requirements is a support provided by the Heritage
 Office that is very valuable to communities working on heritage projects.
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 National conservation grant scheme such as the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Structures at Risk Fund
 have the capacity to conserve heritage assets and protected structures that are in need of essential repairs. In 2016
 works to the total value of €237,382 were carried out under these national grant schemes on thirteen conservation
 projects in the county of which €96,574 was funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
 while €140,143 was privately leveraged. The works carried out created a total of 629 days of employment in the
 county for heritage experts and skilled trades-people. Several projects in the county have also benefited from the
 Heritage Councils Community Grant Programme and County Heritage Plan Grant programme. The importance of support
 for our built and natural heritage is acknowledged in ‘Realising our Rural Potential – Action Plan for Rural Development’
 which sets out the government’s commitment to support for heritage. Grant schemes change all the time and keeping
 communities up to date and aware of all heritage opportunities as they arise is very important and valuable work.
 Supporting people to apply for schemes and comply with the scheme requirements is an important service provided
 by the Heritage Office.

 Roscommon has benefitted from national heritage initiatives, such as Irish Walled Towns Network, which has enabled
 major conservation works to be carried out on the town wall at Rindoon. It is proposed to replicate that model in a new
 national Historic Towns Initiative. It is important that the county supports any new opportunities and initiatives that
 may arise.
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 Promoting access to heritage sites is a major issue – especially at significant heritage sites which would benefit from
 urgent stabilisation works and improvements to enhance public access. Enhanced access to the River Shannon and
 Suck waterways would be very beneficial for locals and visitor alike. Sites must be safe for people to visit and enjoy.
 Walking and cycling routes are a proven success for providing access to heritage sites on private land. Temporary
 access can sometime be arranged for one off events such as during a local festival or National Heritage Week.

 Good interpretation will add greatly to any heritage site. It is important that best practice is implemented in terms
 of how to present heritage sites to the public in an interesting way and also without disturbing the archaeology
 of a site. There are lots of new ways of interpreting sites. Social media and technology present new opportunities
 for improving virtual access as well as information at heritage sites.
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 The Royal Sites of Ireland were all sites of major royal inauguration, ceremony and assembly, representing each of
 the four Irish provinces: Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught, as well as the region of Meath. Rathcroghan was
  the seat of the kings of Connaught. The sites are strongly linked to myth and legend and are associated with the
 transformation of Ireland from paganism to Christianity and Saint Patrick. The Royal Sites of Ireland are on the Irish
 Tentative List of properties for future nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 Rathcroghan was home to Queen Medb and the epic tale of Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley). This story of
 envy, honour and military prowess is reputed to have taken place about the time of Christ and involved the armies
 of Connacht and Ulster in a titanic struggle over a prize bull called Donn Cúailnge. The march began in Rathcroghan
 in Co Roscommon, where Queen Medb began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley.

 Rathcroghan is one of the most important cultural landscapes in the country and a place of fascination for many –
 from lovers of myth and legend to academics. Working in collaboration with the Rathcroghan landowners,
 Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, The Táin March and the local community is key to promoting Rathcroghan as one
 of the most significant heritage sites in the country.
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 There are over two hundred and eighty burial grounds in County Roscommon. Of these just over one third are
 in the ownership of Roscommon County Council. The remainder are owned by church authorities or are located
 on private farmland. Nearly half of the burial grounds in the county are historic graveyards. These are the oldest
 in the county and contain structures and burials from the earliest phases of Christianity up to the present.
 These are protected under the National Monuments Acts and need great care in how they are looked after.
 Forty graveyards in the county are also protected under the Planning acts having Protected Structures within
 them. Historic graveyards need different management than modern cemeteries.

 Historic graveyards contain a rich natural heritage which may have been relatively undisturbed for years,
 providing a valuable habitat for insects, birds and mammals. Historic graveyards provide an insight into the
 skills, crafts and lives of those who built them and are buried within them. Ancient building techniques, such
 as vaulted or carved stonework, dry stonewalls and ironwork such as gates and railings represent the skills
 available in each locality at that time. Headstone inscriptions can provide an insight to the lives lead at different
 times in the past in each part of the county as they are frequently found to include information on a person’s
 livelihood or cause of death. Images carved on headstones are also richly symbolic.

 The vast majority of the queries received by the Heritage Office from the public relate to graveyards and burial
 records. Working with communities to promote the care, conservation and recording of historic graveyards
 including their memorials, churches and biodiversity is very important. Cemetery committees, community
 groups and Rural Social Scheme workers around the county have a proven track record in the very high
 standard of their care for graveyards around the county. The Historic Graves recording project has been
 successful and it is intended that this work can be continued
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 Ireland’s natural habitats have evolved over millions of years and support globally important populations of birds,
 fish, mammals, invertebrates, plants and fungi. Traditionally, we have sought to conserve nature for its own sake,
 purely for moral and ethical reasons. In recent years additional arguments for nature conservation have emerged,
 based on the social, cultural and economic value of biodiversity and the benefits or “ecosystem services” it provides
 to society. For example pollinators are estimated to contribute €53 million annually to the Irish economy.

 Raising awareness of our nature and wildlife and its value for our well being and economy is important. Working
 with community groups such as Tidy Towns Associations to promote initiatives under the All Ireland Pollinator
 Plan 2015-2020 and supporting the annual national Tidy Towns ‘Let’s get Buzzing’ Local Authority Pollinator
 Award is a successful way of raising awareness of our biodiversity. The recording and control of invasive species,
 such as Japanese knotweed is an increasing issue in the county. Promoting involvement in citizen science
 initiatives, such as the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Biodiversity app, is an accessible way of getting
 people involved in recording their biodiversity and invasive species.
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 Commissioning heritage surveys, assisting with the production and reprinting of heritage research and
 publications and making that heritage information available online is a valuable means of gathering information
 required to inform planning policy and also to inform heritage tourism projects. A suite of popular heritage
 publications produced under previous County Heritage Plans is always in great demand and it is intended that
 these publications can be further developed.

 The County Roscommon Folklore and Oral History Network have amassed a collection of over one hundred and
 twenty recordings which, in co-operation with Roscommon County Council Library Service, can be accessed in
 any library branch around the county. The ongoing operation and development of this network will ensure the
 continued growth of the Roscommon Media Archive – a valuable repository of local heritage information for
 future generations.
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              AND MANAGEMENT

 Utilising best practice guidance in heritage conservation and management is crucial to the success of any heritage
 project. Spreading the word about available guidance to groups and individuals undertaking heritage project is very
 important. Existing heritage projects, such as the County Museum, can benefit from utilising best practice to make
 the service the best it can be within available resources. Use of conservation and management plans are a helpful
 means of understanding the significance of and setting clear priorities for a heritage site. They are also helpful in
 seeking funding. Such plans have been prepared to date for Rathcroghan Archaeological Complex, Tulsk Gaelic
 Medieval Complex, Rinn Dúin and Ballintober Castle. Encouraging the use of conservation management plans at
 other significant heritage sites should ensure best practice is applied in any development undertaken. Use of
 expert heritage advice and skilled workers in project planning, supervision and works is also a very worthwhile
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 Levels of public interest in, and engagement with, our natural and built heritage have increased significantly
 over the past few years. Direct community involvement in heritage issues has increased from 7% in 2000 to
 19%, while the percentage of people interested in specific aspects of our heritage has gone up from 25% in
 2000 to 36% (ref: Awareness and Understanding of Irish Heritage – prepared for the Heritage Council by B&A,
 April 2015). This amounts to over 1.6 million of Irish residents.

 As well as having an intrinsic value which cannot be quantified, and enhancing the quality of life for everyone
 living here, Ireland’s unique heritage plays a vital role in tourism and job creation across the country. The
 economic benefits of cultural heritage have most commonly been seen in terms of tourism, but it is now
 also seen as an innovative stimulant for growth and employment in a wide range of traditional and new
 industries. It is also to be recognised as a major contributor to social cohesion and engagement as a way of
 bringing together communities and stimulating young people to engage with their environment.

 Communities have turned to their local heritage for a sense of identity and belonging. Initiatives such as
 National Heritage Week, European Year of Cultural heritage 2018, Galway 2020- European Capital of Culture,
 Creative Ireland and the Heritage in Schools Scheme go a long way towards raising awareness and enjoyment
  of our heritage. Embracing all opportunities to get people interested and enjoying heritage goes a long way
 for its measurable economic benefits but it also enriches our quality of life and contributes to our wellbeing,
 sense of history, identity and belonging.
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 County Roscommon Heritage Forum prepared and will help implement the County Roscommon Heritage Plan. Within the
 sectors represented on the Heritage Forum individual members may change from time to time. Members listed below
 are those involved at the time of preparation of this plan.

          SECTOR                                        ORGANISATION                                         NAME
 Local Government                            Roscommon County Council:
                                             Elected Member                                         Cllr. Joe Murphy,
                                             Planning Section                                       Tracy Davis,
                                             Library Service                                        Caitlin Browne,
                                             Heritage Office                                         Nollaig Feeney
                                             Environment Section                                    Bernadine Duignan

 State Agency                                Teagasc                                                Kieran Kenny,
                                             National Parks & Wildlife Service                      Niall Cribbon,
                                             Bord na Mona                                           David Fallon,
                                             Inland Fisheries Ireland                               John Devaney

 Community & Voluntary                       Public Participation Network                           Claire Carty

 Local Development                           Local Community Development Committee                  Pat Murtagh

 Land Owners                                 Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association               Gerard Grehan

 Heritage Groups                             County Roscommon Historical &
                                             Archaeological Society                                 Mary O’Connell,
                                             Birdwatch Ireland Roscommon Branch                     Padraig Rocke

      County Roscommon Heritage Forum wishes to remember and acknowledge Oliver Burke who represented Teagasc ,
      Dr. Judit Kellemen who represented the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Michael Archer who represented the
      Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland on the heritage forum. Their contribution to the work of the forum was greatly
      appreciated. May they rest in peace.
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 Identified Heritage Priorities in the Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021
 The County Roscommon Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 (LECP) is the new statutory framework
 for economic and community development in the county. Any projects outlined in the County Heritage Plan must
 support the objectives and actions laid out in the LECP. Most heritage actions in the LECP fall under High Level
 Goal 4 to ‘Protect, enhance and maximize the value of Roscommon’s natural, cultural and heritage resources’.

 LECP 4.1.1        Deliver the Roscommon County Heritage Plan 2012- 2016 (incorporating County Roscommon Biodiversity
                   Action Plan) and subsequent County Heritage Plans.
 LECP 4.1.2        Supporting the promotion of Rathcroghan as one of the Royal Sites of Ireland, including the proposal for
                   designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 LECP 4.1.3        Maximise the tourism potential arising from the county’s strong natural, cultural and heritage resources
                   through development and promotion activities, including delivery of related actions in the Local Development
 LECP 4.1.4        Implement initiatives as part of the Decade of Commemorations scheduled for the Region.
 LECP 4.2.1        Work collaboratively with the community sector to ensure the county’s heritage cultural and natural
                   resources are utilised to their full potential through implementation of the Roscommon County Arts
                   Plan and the Roscommon County Library Development Plan.
 LECP 4.3.1        Support and implement national, regional and local strategies to promote and ensure environmental
                   protection and enhancement of the natural and built environment including the River Shannon and
                   its waterways.
 LECP 4.5.1        Deliver the County Roscommon Biodiversity Action Plan which is incorporated in the Roscommon County
                   Heritage Plan 2012-2016, and subsequent Biodiversity Action Plans.
 LECP 4.5.2        Deliver actions to promote, protect and enhance biodiversity in County Roscommon as identified in the
                   Local Development Strategy and through other funding mechanisms including interregional and
                   transnational approaches.
 LECP 4.6.1        Develop and implement the Roscommon County Development Plan, Local Area Plans and Building Control
                   Regulations and Regional Planning Guidelines to ensure all development is undertaken in an appropriate
                   and sustainable manner.
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APPENDIX 2 continued
 Identified Heritage Priorities in the County Roscommon Tourism Statement of Strategy and Work programme 2017-2022

     ACTION: To build the capacity of all stakeholders to maximise tourism in County Roscommon
                            TASK                                                      LEAD
 Support the bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status            County Roscommon Heritage Forum
 for Rathcroghan

 Prioritise the enhancement and conservation of significant        Roscommon County Council,
 heritage sites that currently have (or have not) public access   Roscommon Leader Partnership
 to enhance their tourism potential e.g. Ballintober Castle,
 Rindoon, Castle Island

 Explore potential of genealogy-based visitors in partnership     Roscommon County Council including County Roscommon
 with the Genealogy Centre, Strokestown and the National          Heritage Forum
 General Register Office, Roscommon and other strategic partners

     ACTION: To develop the tourism potential of the River Shannon and its main tributaries,
     enhance access to the river and to promote the visitor experience provided by the tourism
     attractions, activities, events and accommodation providers in the region.
                            TASK                                                      LEAD

 Agree and develop ‘The Mighty Shannon: Lough Ree and the         Roscommon County Council
 Mid Shannon Wetland’ project with partners.

 Focus investment on enhancing access to River Shannon and        Roscommon County Council
 River Suck and to the major heritage sites.

     ACTION: To develop and promote a series of walking and cycling routes that give enhances
     access to our countryside, heritage and water-based attractions.
                            TASK                                                      LEAD

 Develop new walking / cycling routes aligned with identified      Roscommon County Council
 priorities i.e. River Shannon, significant heritage sites etc.
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 This plan was prepared by County Roscommon heritage Forum having regard to guidance set out in ‘A Methodology
 for Local Authority Heritage Officers on the Preparation of County/City Heritage Plans’ as prepared by the Heritage
 Council, 2001.

     DATE                                                    TASK
 January 2017           Meeting of County Roscommon Heritage Forum to discuss preparation of the new Heritage Plan.

 March 2017             Open meeting and discussion on Creative Ireland 2017-2022

 April 2017             Public Consultation Newsletter and Submission Form was publicised through the Heritage Office
                        mailing list, Roscommon County Council website & Facebook page and press releases to local
                        media. The Public Participation Network was sent the documents for review.
 May 2017               Advert in Roscommon Herald calling for submissions.

 June 2017              Submissions received were collated and discussed at a Heritage Forum Meeting. Priority issues
                        were identified.

 July 2017              Draft Heritage Plan prepared and brought before the Economic Development & Enterprise Support
                        (including Roads & Culture) SPC.

 September 2017         Meeting of County Roscommon Heritage Forum to discuss draft Heritage Plan.

 October 2017           Adoption of Heritage Plan by Elected Members of Roscommon County Council.
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 National and EU Legislation
 The following is a list of important national and EU legislation for the protection, conservation and enhancement of
 our Heritage. The full text of the Irish legislation is available at E.U. legislation is available
 at en.htm

 Heritage and Planning
 Planning and Development Act, 2000-2012
 Heritage Act, 1995
 Environmental Impact Assessment (Council Directive 85/337/EEC, as amended)
 Strategic Environmental Assessment (Council Directive 2001/42/EC)

 Built Heritage
 National Monuments Acts 1930 – 2004
 National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997
 Architectural Heritage (National Inventory) and Historic Monument (misc. provisions) Act 1999
 Planning and Development Act, 2000

 Natural Heritage and Waterways
 Wildlife Acts, 1976 -2011
 European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations, 1997
 Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC ), 1979
 Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC), 1992
 Water Framework Directive (Council Directive 2000/60/EC), 2000
 Freshwater Fish Directive (Council Directive 78/659/EC) 1978
 Groundwater Directive (Council Directive 2006/118/EC) 2006
 Fisheries (Amendment) Acts 1999- 2003
 Inland Fisheries Act 2010
 Environmental Liability Directive (Council Directive 2004/35/EC) 2004

 Museums and Archives
 National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997
 Local Government Acts 1994 and 2001
 National Archives Act, 1986
 Civil Registration Act, 2004
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APPENDIX 4 continued
 Landscapes and Heritage Gardens & Parks
 Planning and Development Act 2000-2012
 European Landscape Convention 2000

 Data Protection Act, 1988
 Freedom of Information Act, 1997
 Civil Registration Act 2004

 Ireland has signed and ratified many International Conventions and Agreements in relation to Heritage protection including
 the following which are of particular importance.

     UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972 (ratified, 1992)
     European Convention on the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (Granada Convention), 1997
     European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Valletta Convention), 1992
     Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), 1974.
     Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), 1971
     Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Berne Convention), 1979
     Convention of Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention), 1979
     Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992 (ratified, 1996)
     Agreement on Conservation of Bats in Europe (Bonn Convention), 1993 (ratified, 1995)
     International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994 (1996)
     Agreement of the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) (Bonn Convention), 1996
     Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (endorsed 1995)
     European Landscape Convention, 2000 (ratified, 2002)
     European Cultural Convention (Paris Convention) 1954
     Council of Europe Framework Convention on the value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention) 2005
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 Useful Sources of Heritage Information

 Roscommon County Development Plan 2014-2020 & Local Area Plans
 There is lots of heritage information in the Roscommon County Development Plan and Local Area Plans produced by
 the Planning Section of Roscommon County Council. These can be viewed at the Roscommon County Council Planning
 Section or online at
 Publications/Roscommon-County-Council-Planning-Publications/. Chapter 6 – Built Heritage and Archaeology and
 Chapter 7 Natural Heritage of the County Development Plan in particular contain lots of heritage information as
 well as heritage related planning and development policies and objectives for the county.

 Some very useful websites are:

 Social media, such as Facebook is also a very useful tool for linking in with heritage groups around the county and for
 sharing information. Facebook by its nature is very changeable so a Facebook search is well worth a shot for finding
 groups or people interested in the same aspects of heritage.
Roscommon County Council
      Áras an Chontae
      Co. Roscommon
         F42 VR98

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