Irish Heritage & Culture Resources

Libraries, Archives & Museums

The National Archives of Ireland:

  • The National Archives holds records of the Irish state over thirty years old, census returns, land valuation records of the 19th century, wills and related papers, records of national schools from 1832 onwards, Anglican parish registers, estate collections plus other records essential for family or local history research.
  • The National Archives provides a Genealogy Service, where members of the public may speak to a professional genealogist about possible sources relating to their family history.  There is no charge for this service, which operates the same opening hours as the Reading Room.

The National Library of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland

Chester Beatty Library

  • Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Its rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.


Discover Ireland – Tourism Ireland’s corporate website. The below links are Tourism Ireland’s country specific websites:

Fáilte Ireland


Education Ireland promote Ireland as a destination for students. Visit their website for more information.


Heritage Ireland – An Office of Public Works (OPW) website introducing some of Ireland’s rich and varied attractions including:

  • Castletown House – Ireland’s largest and oldest Palladian style house in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.
  • Dublin Castle – Established in 1204, and in the heart of Dublin city, it is a ‘must see’ for visitors to Ireland.
  • Farmleigh House & Estate – Situated to the north of Phoenix Park, Farmleigh House and Estate are used to accommodate visiting dignitaries to Ireland and is open to the public.
  • Kilkenny Castle – The website provides an extensive history of Kilkenny Castle.
  • Phoenix Park – provides 707 hectares (1752 acres) of open space in Dublin. It houses a number of buildings including the official residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin.

Heritage Council

Irish Government Departments