Explore your local heritage - online resources

3D Online Tours – Heritage at Home

We welcome you to explore 3D virtual tours of four special places in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Dublin's Monumental Mountains

Explore the archaeological landscape on your doorstep with the Dublin Mountains Community Archaeology programme. Find out more about the history of people in the mountains over thousands of years in our booklets Dublin's Monumental Mountains and Sléibhte Séadchomhartha Bhaile Átha Cliath.

Check out these short videos for an overview of The Story of the Dublin Mountains and Dublin's Megalithic Mountains. 

These are all part of a series of resources and training rolled out in collaboration with South Dublin County Council, the Dublin Mountains Partnership with core funding from the Heritage Council.

Online guidance for exploring local history

dlr LexIcon’s Local Studies section has produced two new leaflets for local history enthusiasts. Starter for Ten provides suggestions for a general introduction to the history of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Several of the chosen titles include links to the online version of the book.

Askabout…dlr gives a handy overview of material relating to this area on the AskAboutIreland website, aimed at both primary students and the general interest historian.

New poetry for Marlay House

In 2020, Grace Wilentz, poet and Jane Cummins, photographer were commissioned by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to create new work in dialogue with Marlay House as part of the Marlay House – Creative Responses project.

As part of Open House Dublin 2021, Grace Wilentz was filmed on location in Marlay House reading her new poems; A True Record, Découpage, Patience and Order, A Walk in the Woods at Marlay, and Naming the Foals. The project was funded by Creative Ireland and the Heritage Council.

A short history of transport innovation in dlr

If you are interested in how transport has evolved in dlr and exploring historic postcards – join our Heritage Officer on this brief journey through time

Heritage Map Viewer

Explore a wide range of built and natural heritage datasets here in map form, much of which have never been accessible to the public before. These datasets were collected by government departments and local authorities and the project is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, working with the Local Authority Heritage Officer network. It builds on the work carried out by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Archaeological Survey of Ireland.

Dublin County Heritage

These interactive maps have all sorts of interesting information on archaeology, architecture, collections and geology of County Dublin.

The Geological Heritage of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

This fascinating audit of County Geological Sites in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown was completed in 2014 and supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Historical maps

GeoHive is an initiative by Ordnance Survey Ireland to provide easy access to publicly available spatial data. You can explore four historical maps dating back to 1837 – simply turn on or off the different layers to see how your area has changed through time.

Know your 5k

An initiative from the Heritage Council and National Museum of Ireland which invites you to share your discoveries and insights about the hidden heritage of your locality.


The Placenames Database of Ireland was created by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in collaboration with the Placenames Branch (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). This is a comprehensive management system for data, archival records and placenames research conducted by the State. It is a public resource for Irish people at home and abroad, and for all those who appreciate the rich heritage of Irish placenames.


You can explore digitised documents from the National Folklore Collection, including the 1930s folklore project, where school children were asked to collect and retell local folklore.

Gardening for Biodiversity / Garraíodóireacht ar son na Bithéagsúlachta

Gardening for Biodiversity is a new free booklet from the Local Authority Heritage Officer Network available to download in Irish and English to help everyone to help wildlife in their gardens. The brainchild of Juanita Browne, the booklet was produced by Local Authority Heritage Officers across Ireland, with help from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Council.

Author Juantia Browne has some really practical advice on turning your garden into a haven for wildlife. The guide outlines actions that can be taken to improve gardens for birds, bees, butterflies, bats and more with all kinds of projects suitable for everyone. From just leaving a corner of your garden to nature to building a bird bath, there are clear instructions and step-by-step drawings by illustrator Barry Reynolds. 

Gardening for Biodiversity is funded by the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of an initiative to encourage projects under the National Biodiversity Action Plan.







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