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Welcome to the Mayo Heritage Office

Established in 2003, the Mayo Heritage Office aims to

  • Promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in Mayo’s heritage
  • Provide advice and information on all aspects of Mayo's heritage
  • Collect information
  • Liase with other bodies in the promotion of heritage
  • Promote best practice in heritage management and conservation
  • Implement the actions in the County Mayo Heritage Plan 2011-2016
  • Support Integration of heritage policy across all sectors

Under the Heritage Act (1995), heritage is defined as including the following areas:

Monuments; Archaeological Objects; Heritage Objects; Architectural Heritage; Flora; Fauna: Wildlife Habitats; Landscapes; Seascapes; Wrecks; Geology; Heritage Gardens and Parks; Inland Waterways.



See Below for What's on and Current News in Heritage

Below are details of upcoming heritage events in Mayo and current heritage news



Heritage Ireland 2030 New National Heritage Plan

Heritage Ireland 2030

New National Heritage Plan - Have your Say


A public consultation on the development of a new National Heritage Plan - Heritage Ireland 2030 – has been launched, and the people of Mayo are being invited to have their say.The plan recognises the vital role heritage plays in our community, our economy and our society, and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is inviting the public’s views to help shape the priorities for Ireland’s heritage for the next 10 years. In order to facilitate the Heritage 2030 process, the Heritage Office of Mayo County Council is organising public information sessions as follows:


Venue                                          Date                                            Time

Claremorris Library                         Tuesday 29th January                   4.00pm to 7.00pm

Ballina Library                                Wednesday 30th January               4.30pm to 7.30pm

Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet             Tuesday 5th February                    4.30pm to 7.30pm

Castlebar Library                            Wednesday 6th February               4.30pm to 7.30pm


These are drop-in information events, where people can call in, hear about Heritage Ireland 2030, thenew National Heritage Plan, and get advice on making a submission. All are welcome to drop in and find out more about the process and how to get involved.  Submissions from the public are sought by 28th February and can be made via an online survey, email or by post.

See for further details.


Heritage Iron and Craft Festival

A Heritage Iron and Craft Festival took place from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October in the town of Ballinrobe.

Featuring Blacksmithing Demonstrations, Masterclasses, Workshops, Talks and Exhibitions; Traditional Skills and Craft Displays; Music, Dance, Food, Street Entertainment and Lots More, this Family Festival had something for everybody. Photographs from the festival will be available to view here shortly.







Heritage Iron and Craft Festival Programme (Document)

Heritage Iron and Craft Festival Programme
Formats Available:

Ballinrobe Biodiversity Management Plan

‌Mayo County Council Heritage Office, in association with Ballinrobe Tidy Towns, has prepared a draft Biodiversity Management Plan for Ballinrobe. The aim of the plan is to identify areas that are important for plants and other wildlife, and to identify opportunities and recommend practical measures for enhancing and conserving the natural heritage of Ballinrobe.

The draft Biodiversity Plan will be presented and discussed at an information evening which will be held on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 7.30 pm, in the Parish Centre, Ballinrobe.

All are welcome.

Ballinrobe Draft Biodiversity Plan 2018

We welcome your feedback on the draft plan.

Any observations or comments on the draft plan can be emailed to on or before Wednesday 16th May 2018.

Ballina Public Realm Plan

Ballina Public Realm Plan Consultation Boards

‌Mayo County Council, with support from with the Heritage Council, is preparing a Public Realm Plan for the streets and open spaces in Ballina. The Plan will be developed through a collaborative process and will deliver a range of benefits for the town and the community.


A pop-up public consulation was held on

Pearse Street (outside the library)

on Friday 23rd March from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

However, you can still get involved at this early stage, as your input will be crucial to the development of the plan. 

View the consultation boards for the Ballina Public Realm Plan above

You can share your views on the Ballina Public Realm Plan by completing the Feedback Form here

If you would like to request a feedback form by email, email us at and we will send a feedback form to you


Feedback forms can be submitted until Monday 16th April 2018. 

Knock Public Realm Plan

Mayo County Council, in association with Knock Community Futures, has prepared a draft plan for the Main Street and open spaces in Knock. The Plan is being developed through a collaborative process and will deliver a range of benefits for Knock and the Community. We now invite you to have your say and help us shape the Knock Public Realm Plan further, so that it accurately reflects the needs of the village.

You can view the draft Knock Public Realm Plan consultation boards here‌

Draft Knock Public Realm Plan Consultation Boards

You can complete a Feedback Form at


You can also view the Plan at

the Mayo County Council Offices, Kilcolman Rd, Claremorris or Knock Post Office

Complete a written feedback form


- leave it in the box provided at Mayo County Council Offices, Kilcolman Rd, Claremorris or Knock Post Office

- scan or photo your form and email it to

- post form to The Paul Hogarth Co, Clonmel House, Forster Way, Swords.


Feedback forms to be received on or before Tuesday 20th March, 2018.



Westport Biodiversity Plan

Mayo County Council and Westport Tidy Towns Committee have prepared a Biodiversity Plan for Westport.

The biodiversity management plan identifies areas that are important for wildlife, and recommends practical measures for conserving and enhancing the natural heritage of Westport

The plan is an initiative of the Mayo Heritage Office, in association with Westport Municipal District and Westport Tidy Towns, with support from The Heritage Council.


The plan will be launched

on Tuesday 27th March, 2018 at 8.00pm in the Quay Community Centre, Cloonmonad, The Quay, Westport

All are welcome.‌


Ballinrobe Public Realm Plan

Mayo County Council, in association with Ballinrobe Town Team, supported by The Heritage Council, has prepared a draft plan for the streets and open spaces in Ballinrobe. The Plan is being developed through a collaborative process and will deliver a range of benefits for Ballinrobe and the Community.

The Plan is now being finalised and will be available soon.



Mulranny Stone Wall Festival

‌The Mulranny Stone Wall Festival will run from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May 2017

 Mulranny Stone Wall Poster 2017

The programme includes:

Stone Walling workshops with Master Stonemasons

Talks on the history, heritage and construction of stone walls


Friday 13th

8.00 pm – 8.40 pm  –  Eoin Madigan – Stone Walls and our Built Heritage

8:40 pm – 9:20 pm –  Eddie Farrelly – Irish Stone Walls: Best Practice and Principles of Construction


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, 9.30 am to 5 pm: Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop on the Greenway Mulranny.


To get full details of the programme or to book your place go to

The Festival is organsied in association with the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI)


For further information contact:

Deirdre Cunningham,

Heritage Officer


Tel: 094 9047684



Ballinrobe Beoga Family Fun Day

Ballinrobe Beoga

Family Fun Day

Main Street Ballinrobe

Sat 6th May, 11 am to 5 pm


Ballinrobe Fun Day Poster


Ballinrobe Beoga Events


Bumblebee Identification Workshops

Bumblebee Identification Workshops will take place in Turlough Community Centre on Saturday 6th May and in Ennisoce House on Sunday 7th May 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The workshops are free. Tea and coffee will be provided. Bring a packed lunch.

Bumblebee Id Workshops


County Mayo Heritage Plan 2011-2016

Click here to view the  County Mayo Heritage Plan 2011 - 2016.

The Heritage Council

The Heritage Council part funds the network of 28 City/County Heritage Officers in Local Authorities across the country. The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. For more information on the work of the Heritage Council, please visit

Deirdre Cunningham

Heritage Officer
Mayo County Council
Áras an Chontae

Phone: 094 9024444

Some of this information is not currently available in English. To view this information it its entirety in Irish, please click the “Irish” tab at the top of the page.

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