Heritage Online and Publications

Numerous heritage studies have been commissioned by the Heritage Office of Fingal County Council which are now available for download. Many publications are also available in the local libraries or free from the Heritage Office. Useful links to heritage resources and institutes are included below.

Assessing Fingal’s Archaeological Resource

Undertaken in 2010 this is a study of the known archaeological monuments and the archaeological excavations over a period of extensive development 1999-2009.

Assessing Fingals Archaeological Resource 

Discovering Historic Fingal-Guide to Built Heritage Sources for Fingal

This guide provides information on the main historical sources for Fingal, listing libraries, repositories where books and illustrations for the county can be accessed.

Discovering Historic Fingal

Fingal Coastal Architecture Study

An analysis of the built heritage along Fingal’s extensive coastland including piers, harbours, sea walls and boathouses

Fingal Coastal Architecture Study

Fingal Industrial Heritage Survey

Industrial heritage is often overlooked or dismissed as ‘modern’. However it is important in telling the story of our economic development over the last century or so. In this study 1159 sites relating to quarrying, transport, textiles and canals were identified.

  Fingal Industrial Heritage Survey

Historic Landscape Characterisation Projects

Using historical sources, mapping and GIS the layers of land use over time are built up into a holistic picture of both the ancient and modern landscape. Useful for strategic planning, conservation and research these studies illustrate the constantly developing nature of our surroundings

Balbriggan HLC Report
Balbriggan HLC Graphics

Swords HLC Text
Swords HLC Maps Part 1
Swords HLC Maps Part 2
Swords HLC Maps Part 3
Swords HLC Maps Part 4
Swords HLC Maps Part 5
Swords HLC Maps Part 6

Donabate Portrane HLC - Text
Donabate Portrane HLC - Maps Part 1
Donabate Portrane HLC - Maps Part 2
Donabate Portrane HLC - Maps Part 3
Donabate Portrane HLC - Maps Part 4 

Historic Road Bridges Project

In all fifteen bridges over the Delvin, Ballyboughall, Broadmeadow and Ward Rivers as well as the Royal Canal were surveyed by an ecologist, conservation engineer and built heritage expert.

Historic Road Bridges Project Volume 1
Historic Road Bridges Project Volume 2 

Martello Towers Research project

IN 2008 Martello Towers Research Project was commissioned by Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, with the support of The Heritage Council, in order to collate all known documentation relating to the Martello Towers from Balbriggan in Co. Dublin to  those in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Martello Towers Research Project

Structural Assessment of Archaeological Monuments in Fingal.

The project was undertaken to analyse the structural integrity of fifteen monuments, identify structural defects to make recommendations for appropriate mitigation and repairs and to propose a prioritization of urgent works.

Structural Assessment of Archaeological Monuments in Fingal

Useful guides and leaflets regarding our archaeological heritage have been issued by the National Monuments Service.

Advice to the public on the use of metal dectectors
Earthern Bank and Broken Walls
Good Farming Practice & Archaeology
Irish Field Monuments 

Publications

Fingal Heritage Office has commissioned or supported several heritage publications, all of which are available in Fingal’s libraries. Copies of some are available free from the Heritage Office or to download below.

Axes Warriors and Windmills

Baker C (2009) Axes, Warriors & Windmills: Recent archaeological discoveries in north Fingal
Available in Fingal Libraries
Axes, Warriors and Windmills 

197 x 196 

Bolton J (2010) Discovering Historic Fingal - Guide to Built Heritage Sources
Available in Fingal Libraries
Discovering Historic Fingal 

166 x 196

Parkes M (2012) Islands Coast and Quarries: The Geological Heritage of Fingal
Available free from Fingal Heritage Office
Islands Coasts and Quarries 

196 x 196

Baker C (2010) The Antiquities of old Fingal
Available in Fingal Libraries

The Martello Towers of Dublin

Bolton J., Carey T., Goodbody R & Clabby G (2012) The Martello Towers of Dublin. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown & Fingal County Council
Available in Fingal Libraries