Today the National Monuments Service in my Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage and The Office of Public Works (OPW) are launching a new campaign entitled Protect Our Past, which highlights the need for visitors to Ireland’s heritage sites and monuments to be mindful of their actions over the summer.
Ireland has over 145,000 recorded archaeological sites and monuments spread across every town, parish, and townland, meaning we are never far from a special place that provides us with a tangible link to our ancestors and our past. The rate of survival of Ireland’s archaeological and architectural heritage is unique and something to be proud of. We all have a role to play in ensuring its survival for present and future generations. I encourage everyone visiting a heritage site or monument this summer to be mindful of how their actions might impact these sites or monuments.
Ireland's archaeological monuments are a source of pride and provide a sense of place, belonging and collective identity to communities across the country. These sites can inspire us with a profound sense of joy and wonder and make a contribution to enhancing well-being. Collectively we can work together to ensure that they are preserved for future generations to enjoy - just as we do today. Please take a moment to think about your actions when you next visit one of our precious archaeological sites.