17/04/2015: Minister Joe McHugh, T.D., launches NIAH survey of Co. Donegal
Joe McHugh, T.D., Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today launched the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of County Donegal at Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal. The survey is available online on the website www.buildingsofireland.ie and is accompanied by an illustrated book ‘An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Donegal’, the 32nd to be published in the series. It marks an important milestone in compiling a National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.
Arising from the survey, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has so far recommended to Donegal County Council that 2228 structures of architectural heritage value in the county be included in their Record of Protected Structures. Minister McHugh remarked that ‘the results of the survey will reinforce pride in our built heritage and ensure that it will be cherished for this and for future generations’.
A wide variety of structures have been recorded. However of particular importance is the survival of many thatched buildings. The survey identified that Donegal has the greatest concentration and variety of vernacular buildings found anywhere in Ireland. Another highlight are the striking modern churches by local architect, the late Liam McCormick, the finest collection of their type and date in the country.
Minister McHugh emphasised the important role of the survey in assisting Donegal County Council in the future protection of the built heritage of their county. He added ‘If historic buildings are to survive as our legacy to future generations, they will have to be adapted to cater for the changing needs of their occupants. The challenge is to manage change without sacrificing the intrinsic character of the building’.