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Have your say in the new County Donegal Heritage Plan

Cllr Ian McGarvey, County Mayor, Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer, Donegal County Council and Dinny McGinley, TD, Junior Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, launching the public consultation process.

Cllr Ian McGarvey, Mayor, Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer, and Dinny McGinley, TD, Junior Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, launching the public consultation process.

DONEGAL County Council is inviting members of the public to have their say in the making of the new County Donegal Heritage Plan (2014-2019).

You have until Wednesday, December 18, to make your suggestions known.

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“The County Donegal Heritage Plan is a five-year strategic action plan for the county’s heritage” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.

“The focus of submissions to the Plan should be on actions that can be taken over the next five years to interpret, conserve, manage, enhance or promote County Donegal’s material heritage.

“As well as identifying what should be done in these challenging times for our heritage, it’s important that people indicate what they can do to help implement these strategic actions.”

You can make your suggestions by post, by e-mail to heritage@donegalcoco.ie, by filling in the on-line survey form at www.surveymonkey.com/s/38JJZVS

You can also attend one of the planned public consultation meetings at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Stranorlar (Tuesday, December 3), Donegal Education Centre, Donegal town (Wednesday, December 4), Public Services Centre, Carndonagh (Tuesday, December 10), Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny (Wednesday, December 11) or Ionad Teampaill Chróine, Dungloe (Tuesday, December 17).

All meetings start at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be available.

Under the Heritage Act (1995), heritage is defined as comprising archaeological objects, architectural heritage, fauna, flora, geology, heritage gardens/parks, heritage objects, inland waterways, landscapes, monuments, seascapes, wildlife habitats and shipwrecks.

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The aim of the new plan is to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse heritage of our county and to promote its conservation, enhancement and enjoyment to present and future generations.

The Heritage Forum will consider all submissions in drafting the new County Donegal Heritage Plan before it is presented to the Elected Members of the council for adoption in spring 2014.

Further details about the preparation of the new County Donegal Heritage Plan are available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council, Station Island, Lifford on (074) 917 2576 or on the County Donegal Heritage Office website at  www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage

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