Adopt a Monument Scheme open for nominations

The Heritage Council has issued a call for communities to nominate the forgotten and lonely monuments in their community, that are desperately in need of care and attention, under the Adopt a Monument Scheme.

The Council is looking for four monuments to join the scheme for 2017.

Aimed at empowering communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and heritage sites, the Heritage Council is looking for four monuments to join the scheme for 2017.

The Adopt a Monument Scheme offers communities expertise, mentoring and support to help them to care for their local heritage.

According to the Heritage Council, the scheme has the potential to ensure on-going maintenance and care, and greater protection.

Doon Fort, an archaeological monument on an island in Loughadoon near Ardara, was one of the six heritage sites selected to participate in the scheme last year.

The Heritage Council say while spaces are limited this year, they want to hear from groups who would like to play a leading role in conserving a local monument that they feel passionate about.

Advice on applications to the scheme is available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council or by e-mail at

The closing date for applications is Sunday, February 19, 2017.