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Community Archaeology in a time of Covid-19 - the Heritage Council Community Archaeology Fund 2020

For the first time in two years the Heritage Council have a Community Heritage Grant Scheme ( to support community groups in a range of heritage projects. Deadline for grant applications is Tuesday next, 15th September; grant decisions are due by the end of September and all works have to be complete but the 23rd of November 2020.
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Lack of support by politicians for local community based heritage projects in 2019

It would appear that there will be no Heritage Council community grants in 2019 (

This isn't good enough as local communities throughout Ireland now have no specific heritage funding source. Faic, mar a deirfá!

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A Decent Burial for Jack Harris. (contains reference to an Aboriginal death & corpse)

Decency has come up on this website before when discussing past and present burial practices. It seems an archaic term; reminds me of the way our teacher's used to talk in school in the 70s and 80s, and come to think of it, the word 'decent' pronounced 'daycent' was regularly used by Cork teenagers in those days, meaning good or great. 'We're playing Carrigaline in the semi-final!' 'Daycent, we beat them last time!'. But when used in the context of burial it refers to respectful treatment of the dead.

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Heritage Ireland 2030 Consultation Document

Years ago I used to teach on a post-leaving cert heritage course in Cork city. We taught that Cultural Heritage has tangible and intangible elements. And that the tangible elements consist of built heritage and natural heritage. While we separated these elements they are all interconnected and potentially susceptible to damage. The Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are asking the public to engage with a consultation process (closing date 28 February 2019) to develop a National Heritage Plan and the relevant information can be found here.

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Looks good but it's all wrong - how not to look after an Irish historic graveyard.

Mick Gibbons put a few photographs on facebook of a graveyard in Mayo where the whole interior of an historic graveyard has been covered in gravel. Not just gravel paths, but the whole interior. I normally don't comment on those kinds of blunders being a firm believer in 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone'. However, I did share Mick's photo on our facebook page and I'm going to use it here again. For the simple purpose of trying to explain why it was a blunder. Probably well intentioned, and probably done by decent people, but still a blunder.

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Medieval landscape at Castlekeeran, Co. Meath

Meath is the middle province of Early Medieval Ireland, and Meath headstones are made of some of best limestone and some of the best carved stones in the country.

Meath County Council kindly funded our survey of Castlekeeran graveyard with the Castlekeeran Graveyard Committee and we held a public training day in the graveyard during Heritage Week 2018.

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