Cavan organisation wins Heritage Council Award

Their event, entitled SPAB Ireland Working Party, took place at Rothaí Mill in Cavan

A Cavan based organisation is celebrating following the award they received from the Heritage Council.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), who organised an event in Drumollard Co. Cavan, were amongs the winners at the Heritage Council event.

SPAB won the Sustainability and Climate Award which recognises the event that made efforts to incorporates environmentally friendly practices to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the natural world or an event that provided education on the impact of climate change and good sustainability practice. Their event, entitled SPAB Ireland Working Party, took place at Rothaí Mill in Cavan – home to a group of structures consisting of a mill, millers’ cottage, and kilns.

The mill is over 200 years old. It has two water wheels - one for shelling and one for grinding, each powered by a different water source, a completely unique feature in all of Ireland. It was thatched until 1959 and stopped operating over 50 years ago, in 1969. The working party provided a unique opportunity for building professionals, craftspeople, general builders, students, homeowners, and experienced enthusiasts alike to learn more about traditional conservation building skills through hands-on experience.

The awards honour those organisers who created the most engaging and inspiring events and projects for National Heritage Week 2023 as well as Ireland’s Heritage Hero. Almost 2,000 events and projects took place around the country in August during National Heritage Week, as communities and individuals answered the Heritage Council’s invitation to explore this year’s theme of living heritage.

A full list of award categories winners and runners-up is available below: