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Traditional long, narrow, single-storey farm buildings on the slopes of Knocknafreaghaun. Image via

Traditional long, narrow, single-storey farm buildings on the slopes of Knocknafreaghaun. Image via

A publication by the Heritage Council.

"Built by local builders, or the farmer himself, of readily available local materials and are truly vernacular architecture – We might even say that farm buildings of this type were sustainable before the concept was even considered".

A farm building reuse project we are working on in Carlow.

A farm building reuse project we are working on in Carlow.


The current focus on rural development provides an opportunity to see old farm buildings as an asset in finding alternative income for farm families.  A range of small-scale uses for old buildings may be possible without substantial alteration.

  • Unoccupied houses in working farmyards may be inhabited by a member of the family rather than converted to agricultural use
  • Old farmyards can be converted for craft workshops or tourism and self-catering; this may be especially viable in suburban areas or close to tourist or walking routes
  • Small-scale manufacturing industry, such as cheese- making, small-scale engineering, furniture making, and car maintenance offer other possible uses
  • Extending dwelling houses by incorporating adjoining farm buildings is sometimes possible without undue removal of cross walls and other elements of the buildings
  • Use of converted outbuildings for dwellings, holiday and self-catering accommodation may be permitted by the planning authority depending on the policies in the development plan.

Guidelines for the Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings and Farmyards:

Ballinacarrig Farm Proposals, Carlow  - Hofler Architects

Ballinacarrig Farm Proposals, Carlow  - Hofler Architects

Consult your local authority conservation officer for advice on the repair of ‘listed’ farm buildings (those included in the RPS) and any grant aid available for such work.

Continue to use old farm buildings where possible

Avoid ‘gutting’ old buildings as this erases much of their historic value

Carefully site new buildings so as to avoid damaging an old yard

When repairing old farm buildings, like for like should apply.  Therefore similar materials to those used historically should be employed. These include stone, lime plaster and lime mortar, clay/mud, thatch, stone slates or flags, corrugated iron (round profile)

  • Retain old roof structures – these are all too easily lost during re-roofing
  • Retain old windows and doors
  • Protect buildings from fire by ensuring that electrical installation is to modern standards
  • Keep all stone walls in good repair, using stone similar to that in the wall if it needs to be repaired, and lime mortar with flush or recessed finish. On older buildings, it is generally not a good idea to use cement-based mortar or render to repair or plug gaps in old walls
  •  Retain cobbled floors and yard surfaces where these survive
  • Maintain and repair old timber and iron gates along with their piers and flanking walls
  • Keep old farm machinery under cover to protect it from the elements
  • Use traditional colour schemes and roof forms to help new buildings fit more easily into the overall complex
  • Keep corrugated iron roofs and claddings in good order by painting with appropriate paints
  • Keep a good source of water close by for dealing with fire
  • Keep all wells and springs free of pollutants 

Download the Heritage Council publication "Traditional Buildings on Irish Farms"

National Rural Network - "Conservation of Old Farm Buildings" - Ireland

Contact Hofler Architects to discuss conservation and alternative uses for your farm buildings here - Hofler Architects

Read about the Rock Farm Straw Bale Project here

National Heritage Week

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Historic Homes, Gardens & Buildings

Throughout Ireland, 219 homes, gardens and historic buildings are in receipt of tax relief under Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, as amended.  This provides tax relief to the owner or occupier of an approved historic building or an approved garden in respect of expenditure incurred on the repair, maintenance or restoration thereof.

The scheme requires that these historic properties are reasonably accessible to the public for a period of at least 60 days in the year, 40 days of which must fall within the period of May to September and of these 40 days, 10 days must be Saturdays and Sundays.

As part of this requirement access to these properties must be available during all of National Heritage Week for periods of at least four hours daily.  Many of these properties are also hosting events for National Heritage Week in addition to being open to the public for visits.

Click here to download a list of these properties and their opening hours and contact details.

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Dún Na Séad Castle, Baltimore, Co. Cork.

It is strongly recommended that you make contact with the property owners directly prior to traveling to visit them in order to verify that these exact opening hours may still apply.

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005.  Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 1700 events which take place during the last week of August each year. National Heritage Week 2015 will run from August 22nd to 30th.

For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website. - See more at:

South County Dublin Properties


2 Knocksina, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Philip Harvey
Tel: 01-2894414, 087-2463865   
Open: Jan 5-9, 12-16, June 15-28, July 20-31, Aug 17-31, Nov 1-9, 9am-1pm Fee: Adult €5, Student €2, OAP/Child free


Sandycove Point, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin
Gráinne Casey.  Tel: 01-2804884
Open: Mar 2-5, 9-14, June 8-14, Aug 10-31, Sept 3-13, Dec 1-4, 7-12, 2pm-6pm.   
Fee: Adult €7, OAP/Student €3, Child free


Westminister Road, Foxrock Dublin 18,
Ruth O’ Herlihy,  Tel: 087-2163623,

Open: Jan 5-23, 26-30, May 5-7, 9-13, 18-20, 23-27, June 2-4, 6-9, 15-17, 20-24, Aug 22-30, 9am-1pm
Fee: Adults €5, OAP/ Student/Child €2

St. George’s

St. George’s Avenue, Killiney, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin Robert McQuillan
Tel: 087-2567718.  Open: June 1- Aug 31, 9am-1pm.  Fee: Adult €5, OAP/Student/Child €3.50 

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