Fingal Heritage Plan – time to have your say!

by Gazette Reporter
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Fingal County Council is currently preparing a new Heritage Plan for Fingal covering the period 2024 to 2030, writes Rose Barrett.

“Sharing and celebrating our heritage in all its diversity promotes well-being and adds to a sense of belonging. Heritage in part of who we are. So have your say!” said a spokesperson for the council. “When you hear the word heritage what do you think of? Castles, churches, and old buildings? What about community identity and sense of place? In Fingal, we are surrounded by heritage. The landscape, geology, distinctive coastline, islands and our natural heritage.

“There’s also our agricultural and horticultural heritage, archaeological sites and monuments, historic houses and demesnes, historic gardens, thatch cottages, streets and villages. Industrial heritage is in our railways, historic bridges, and canals along with a rich maritime heritage in our ports, harbours and shipwrecks.  Our use of traditional skills, language, folklore, and music.”

Pre-Draft consultation took place between April 5 and May 19 last, with in-person sessions, stakeholder workshops, online survey, etc. A total of 266 responses were received which contributed to the development of the next draft Heritage Plan for Fingal.  

You can view or download the Draft Fingal Heritage Plan and the Report on the Pre-Draft Consultation on; a copy of the Draft Fingal Heritage Plan is also available at FCC offices in Swords and Blanchardstown. 

An online webinar will take place on September 27; submissions and observations can be made re the draft heritage plan from Wednesday, August 23 to Wednesday, October 4 inclusive. Send to  or in writing to Heritage Officer, Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St, Swords, K67X8Y2. Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. in hard copy or online.

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