Free Seminar

Care and Conservation of Historic Graveyards

Care and Conservation of Historic Graveyards Aghanagh Church and Graveyard - pic by Tamlyn McHugh

As part of the ‘Sligo Community Archaeology Project’ a free seminar on the care and conservation of historic graveyards will be held on the evening of Thursday the 15th of March at the Sligo Park Hotel from 6.45 pm – 9.30pm.

Burial grounds are sites of heritage, cultural, religious and personal interest to many. Graveyards are an important feature of the historic landscape and frequently provide clues to understanding our past. Our graveyards contain the remains of our ancestors but they also contain many significant structures, historical and archaeological. The undisturbed nature of many of these sites can make historic graveyards important refuges for a rich variety of plants and animals.

The aims of the seminar are to:

  • provide participants with an understanding of the main provisions of the legislation, policies and procedures relating to historic graveyards.
  • provide help and advice to those caring for or interested in conserving historic graveyards.
  • promote best practice in the management of the natural, built and cultural heritage of historic graveyards.
  • raise awareness of the rich and diverse heritage found in all historic graveyards. 

The seminar will feature a range of speakers covering topics such as architectural and archaeological history as well as the wildlife value of graveyards.

The seminar is aimed at community groups, burial ground committees, heritage groups, ‘Tidy Towns’ committees, Tús and Rural Social Scheme participants, local authority staff, and anyone who has an interest in local heritage and history.

This seminar on the care and conservation of historic graveyards is an output of the ‘Sligo Community Archaeology Project’.  It is an initiative of Sligo Heritage Forum and is an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020. The seminar and project are funded by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council and are being delivered by Tamlyn McHugh of Fadó Archaeology on behalf of the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council.

The seminar is free, but booking is essential. For more information and booking contact Tamlyn McHugh by phoning 086 8706529 or email

6.45 – 7.00 pm     Arrival and registration
7.00 – 7.10 pm    

Councillor Keith Henry, Leas Cathaoirleach, Sligo County Council

7.10 – 7.30 pm    

Introduction and overview of the Sligo Community Archaeology Project
Tamlyn McHugh, Fadó Archaeology

7.30 – 7.50 pm    

Looking after our Historic Graveyards: Guidance and Best Practice
Pauline Gleeson, National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage, & the Gaeltacht

7.50 – 8.10 pm    

Graveyards – Full of Life: Managing Flora, Fauna and Wildlife
Siobhán Ryan, Heritage Officer, Sligo County Council

8.10 – 8.30 pm    

Conservation of Architectural and Ecclesiastical Ruins
Nicholas Prins, Conservation Contractor

8.30 – 8.50pm    

How to Survey and Publish an Historic Graveyard
John Tierney, Eachtra Archaeological Projects

8.50 – 9.30 pm     Panel discussion with Q & A Session and Closing Summary
9.30 pm     Ends