ICOMOS Ireland

ICOMOS Ireland was founded in 1984. It has grown and developed and has a sizeable membership drawn from the State heritage services, local government, museums, universities and private practice.

ICOMOS Ireland organises activities on the International Day for Monuments and Sites. It hosts meetings to pursue its objectives.

ICOMOS Ireland follows and comments on matters in regard to World Heritage Sites and Sites on the Tentative list in Ireland. 

ICOMOS Ireland is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No. 435591) and is a registered charity (CHY17077). 

It has an elected board of directors comprising of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Company Secretary, Membership Secretary and five ordinary members.

ICOMOS Ireland seeks to gather a membership that will include recognised experts in their field of specialisation; to recruit emerging professionals seeking such specialisation; and it aspires to give all members ample opportunities and stimulus to become actively engaged in the work of the National Committee. To learn more, click here

ICOMOS Ireland holds monthly committee meetings which are open to all members and often followed by talks. Information on meetings and talks can be found in the Meetings section of the website.




The November 2019 Members Meeting will be a presentation and discussion on the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Initative - addressing our Human Rights Based Approaches to cultural heritage. It will present the experiences of three members (Deirdre McDermott, Mona O'Rourke and Gráinne Shaffrey) of a recent training programme in Estonia, which they participated in, and how this relates to the work of ICOMOS in Ireland and our members. Further information on the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Initiative can be found here. The meeting will take place on November 12th at 6pm.


ICOMOS Ireland Annual Maura Shaffrey Lecture 600


The 21st Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture will take place in Dublin Castle on Thursday, 31st October 2019. The title of this year's lecture is Keeping Heritage Above Water. A lecture and panel discussion with keynote speaker Dr Cara Augustenborg will examine the Sustainable Development Goals and their relationship to cultural heritage, particularly when facing today's challenges to sustainably adapt for climate change and contemporary needs. Full details on the lecture can be found here. To register for the event, please follow this link.


Grellan Rourke, who is winner of the 2019 ICCROM Award, is to give a presentation on the European Union Quality Principles for EU-Funded Interventions with Potential impact upon Cultural Heritage. These principles were developed by ICOMOS with the EU as part of EYCH 2018. Both Grellan and Paul McMahon were actively involved in their development. These principles will not only influence EU Funding projects, but many public projects. The document is attached here for review by members in advance. The meeting will take place on October 8th at 6pm.


It is with great delight that we inform you that our esteemed member and former President, Grellan D. Rourke has been announced winner of the 2019 ICCROM Award. Please see the formal announcement on ICCROM’s website here.

Grellan has contributed so much to cultural heritage at international and national level. We, at ICOMOS Ireland can feel privileged and proud of Grellan’s involvement with ICCROM over the years, which gladly continues.

Our warmest congratulations go to Grellan for this award which is so richly deserved. 


ICOMOS Ireland expresses its solidarity with our ICOMOS France colleagues at the devastating fire at Notre Dame yesterday. The destruction caused to this great cultural monument of Paris brings a sadness felt across the world and makes real, in the starkest of ways, what irreplaceable means. Our friends and colleagues in Paris and France are in our thoughts. and we lend our support in the endeavours ahead.

ICOMOS International statement on the fire can be found here.


 The 20th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture titled Future Historic City - New Approaches for a Sustainable 21st Century City and presented by Professor Mike Turner, took place on October 17th 2018. A link to the lecture can be found here.

Professor Mike Turner



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