National Parks & Wildlife Service:

Ireland's natural heritage is an integral part of our national inheritance and forms part of our sense of identity, providing resources of social, educational, recreational and aesthetic value.The National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), part of the Department of the Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, manages the Irish State's nature conservation responsibilities under National and European law, and also obligations and responsibilities under international conventions and agreements. NPWS is charged with the conservation of a range of ecosystems and populations of flora and fauna in Ireland. A particular responsibility of NPWS is the designation and protection of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs). Consultation with interested parties is an integral element of the designation process. 

NPWS is also responsible for:

  • the implementation of both domestic (e.g. Wildlife Acts 1976-2000) & international (e.g. EU Habitats & Birds Directives) legislation.
  • the management & development of National Parks & Nature Reserves.
  • overseeing licencing under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) & the Wildlife Acts 1976-2000.

Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht:

The Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht mission is to promote and protect Ireland’s heritage and culture, to advance the use of the Irish language, to support the sustainable development of the islands and to develop cultural tourism. The Department published a Statement of Strategy in March 2015 setting out the actions that it will take over the coming period to enrich the quality of life in Ireland through the protection and promotion of our rich culture, arts, heritage and language.

Information on Ireland's Heritage:

The Heritage of Ireland website contains information on historic sites, parks and gardens in State care. It is designed to introduce you to some of the many rich and varied attractions of Ireland's heritage. Whether you have a specialised or general interest in these aspects of Ireland, you should find something to enlighten and engage you. On visiting this website you will experience what many millions of people from all over the world come to see each year.