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Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site

Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Research Framework

The Bend of the Boyne, or Brú na Bóinne, is internationally renowned for its elaborate Neolithic passage tombs, containing the largest assemblage of megalithic art in Europe.

The area has been an important ritual, social and economic centre for thousands of years and its universal value was recognized in 1993 when it was designated a World Heritage Site (WHS), only one of three on the island of Ireland.

In recent years there has been a growing international trend towards the use of research frameworks for World Heritage Sites, and while a considerable body of research has already been completed within Brú na Bóinne, many key research questions need to be addressed such as;

  • The dating and development of monuments
  • Changes in the settlement record
  • How perceptions of the complex changed through time.

Related management issues, preservation, conservation and interpretation within the WHS can be seen as key issues. Accordingly, the Heritage Council in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has begun drafting a Research Framework for the site, re-assessing key priorities and examining where future research should be directed.

Further information about the framework is available on the Heritage Council website;

Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Draft Management Plan 2015-2025 (Public Consultation)

A Draft Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Management Plan 2015 – 2025 has been prepared by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and was placed on public display on 16th Feb. 2015.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works now invite the public to make submissions in relation to the draft Management Plan 2015-2025 for the Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne World Heritage Site (which includes the monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth). 

Please also note that as part of the public consultation process a public meeting will be held at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre in Donore, Co. Meath on Thursday February 26th 2015. Officials from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will be available to answer questions from 6 to 9pm. A short presentation on the plan will take place at 7pm.

The draft Management Plan (including the associated Appropriate Assessment and screening document for Strategic Environment Assessment) is available to download at the Department’s website:  and at the dedicated world heritage website:

Printed copies of the draft plan (and associated documents) are also available to view during office hours from now until Friday, March 20th at the following locations:
-The offices of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at Custom House, Dublin 1
-The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Donore, Meath
-Slane Library, Castle Hill, Slane, Co. Meath
-Duleek Library, Main Street, Duleek, Co. Meath
-Navan Library, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath
-The offices of Louth County Council at Fair Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
-Drogheda  Library, Stockwell Lane, Drogheda, Co. Louth
-Drogheda Millmount Museum, Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth
-Tourist Information Office, The Tholsel, West Street, Drogheda. Co. Louth

Submissions should be clearly marked ‘Draft Brú na Bóinne WHS Management Plan’ and may be forwarded

By e-mail to:

By post to:     Ms Catherine Desmond, National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and
                      the Gaeltacht, Room G50, Custom House, Dublin 1.

The deadline for receipt of submission is 5pm on Friday, March 20th 2015.



Please note that submissions should NOT be sent to Meath County Council.

All submission received may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations.


Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Management Plan 2002

The first Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Management Plan was published by Dúchas in December 2002 and set out the parameters for the management of the World Heritage property dealing with issues surrounding the protection, conservation, research, presentation and general management of the property.

The 2002 Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Management Plan comprises Appendix 10 of Volume 2 of the Meath County Development Plan 2013 – 2019. The Management Plan is available as a downloadable electronic document at Heritage Publications.

Visitors to Brú na Boinne

Information for visitors to Brú na Bóinne is available at the following link Brú Na Bóinne