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Culture & Heritage

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Culture & Heritage

Culture & Heritage

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Each community is unique in their own special way. But have we taken the time to have a conversation about what we understand by our culture and heritage and why this is important? This section will look at ways to explore the integrity of what is special about your place, so that when faced with difficult decisions, that your community will know what you are willing to accept.​

Visioning Questions

What is unique and special about our community? What local heritage is there? Are there significant moments in the history of our community?

If we are faced with threats – such as mining, incinerators, big multinationals coming into our community – how do we feel about this? What are the implications of such industries arriving here? 

Visioning Idea

Investigate (along with staff, volunteers, service users) what is unique about your particular area (e.g. history, cultural, heritage) and make plans to link this with what is already happening through your community or it could be a new initiative. 

  • Develop ethical purchasing and travel policies for your organisation
    Encourage staff to avail of cycle-to-work scheme to help reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Carry out a waste audit for your organisation
    Learn more about the Food Waste Charter for Ireland and how you can sign up. See the template from Galway County Council on preventing food waste within organisations.
  • Carry out an energy audit for your organisation
    You can apply for a Better Energy Communities grant - Ireland’s national retrofit initiative. It's aimed at upgrading the energy efficiency and renewable energy usage of buildings and facilities.
  • Organise a workshop for households on how to create water harvesters for their home
    Organise a workshop on how to create water harvesters for homes locally.
  • Encourage people in the local community to sign up to an 'Eco-Pledge'
  • Make information available for households to to retrofit their homes
    There are a range of grants available through SEAI: and retrofit programme:
  • Facilitate a process of working towards becoming a Transition Town
    Check out:
  • Set up a community garden
    You can get support from or even apply for Energia 'Get Ireland Growing' funding from Grow It Yourself, e.g. clearing space for an inner-city community garden, putting a polytunnel on a school roof or creating a pond at an allotment.
  • Apply to become a Tidy Town
  • Develop a biodiversity plan for the local area, including measures to encourage pollinating insects"
    See what has been achieved by Ennis Tidy Town:
  • Invite your supermarket to host an information day on packaging and to offer recycling points for packaging waste
    See what Midleton Tidy Towns achieved:
  • Use the ‘See It Say It’ app from EPA to report pollution in the local area
    This is something local people can get involved with in the reporting:
  • Sign up to the Sustainable Energy Community network
    Your community can work towards becoming as energy efficient as possible:
  • Make 'Wild' any green spaces within your local community
    Consider wilding green spaces within your local community.
  • Work with local businesses to support them in their waste prevention, as well as raising awareness of hazardous waste and promote sustainable alternatives"
    Learn from what Carlow and Kilkenny county councils have created:
  • Arrange a community workshop on recycling
    Check out the Recycling Ambassador Programme from VOICE Ireland:
  • Organise a monthly birdwatch or wildflower walk
    For more information on free wildflower walks, visit: Birdwatch Ireland organise walks and other events on their website.
  • Link in with: European network showcasing what it is that people love about nature in their local area – invite someone locally to contribute a video!
  • Draw attention to nature!
    Organise a monthly bird watching morning/ wildflower walk/ other activity to draw attention to nature – if there is no one with local knowledge on these issues there are lots of online apps to assist with this!


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Further Links

Nature Keepers:
Peace Trails in Ireland – INNATE non violence: 

Afri (Action from Ireland) Famine Walks: 

See the Ballyhoura Development Ltd. website for ideas of Culture, heritage and genealogy projects such as Ireland Reaching Out, The Gathering, Historic Graves and local genealogy projects:

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