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County Donegal Heritage Office

The County Donegal Heritage Office is part of the Community, Culture & Planning Directorate of Donegal County Council. The County Donegal Heritage Office began operation in July 2003 with the appointment of County Donegal’s first Heritage Officer. The Heritage Officer Programme is a joint initiative between The Heritage Council and Local Authorities in Ireland. Donegal County Council is committed to “placing heritage at the heart of public life” in County Donegal as set out in Heritage Ireland 2030 - New National Heritage Plan and in Cultúr le Chéile: Strategic Plan for Culture Division 2022-2026


The Role of the Heritage Officer


The main aspects of the role of Heritage Officer are to:

  • raise awareness of County Donegal’s built, cultural and natural heritage;
  • provide advice and information on heritage matters to members of the public and within Donegal County Council;
  • collect data and conduct research on aspects of County Donegal’s heritage;
  • promote best practice in relation to heritage matters; and
  • prepare and implement the County Donegal Heritage Plan in conjunction with the County Donegal Heritage Forum.


Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Joseph Gallagher
Heritage Officer,
County Donegal Heritage Office,
Donegal County Council,
Station Island,
County Donegal.

Telephone: (074) 917 2576
E-mail: [email protected]


The Heritage Council part funds the network of 31 City/County Heritage Officers in Local Authorities across the country. The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. For more information on the work of The Heritage Council, please visit

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