Nominations sought for community representatives on the County Kildare Heritage Forum

The role of the Heritage Forum is to provide advice on the drafting and implementation of the County Kildare Heritage Plan.  The County Kildare Heritage Plan is a cross-agency county strategy for the identification, protection, conservation, management, enhancement and interpretation of the heritage.

Heritage is defined in the Heritage Act as addressing: ‘monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, and parks and inland waterways.

The current Heritage Plan contains actions which address issues in Kildare regarding these aspects of the county’s heritage. It consists of a series of actions to be carried out through-out the life time of the plan.

The County Kildare Heritage Forum comprises of representatives from bodies and groups involved with heritage in some way within the county.  This will include state agencies and bodies which have direct representation within the county, the local authority, NGOs and community groups.

Kildare PPN has been requested to nominate 2 members from the Community/Voluntary Pillar and 1 member from the Environmental Pillar to the County Kildare Heritage Forum.

What is the commitment for the position?

  • 4 meetings per year (except in the year that the Forum are preparing the Heritage Plan (commencing Q3 2024) and then there may be 2-3 additional meetings.
  • The Heritage Forum meetings are held during the day so you will need to be available to attend during work hours. The meetings are generally held at a heritage location in Kildare or in Áras Chill Dara, Naas.
  • Terms are for a maximum of 5 years.

What are the requirements for the position?

  • A strong interest in Built and Archaeological heritage, natural heritage etc. is desirable
  • Representing a group that manages, conserves or promotes heritage in the county.

How to apply?

Please fill out the nomination form below

Nominations Guidelines


  • Nominating groups must be registered with Kildare Public Participation Network for at least 6 months.
  • Groups must have full membership and be a member of the respective seat e.g. nominations for an Environmental seat must be a PPN member group from the Environmental Pillar.
  • Nominations can only be made with the candidate’s knowledge and approval.
  • Each Group can nominate one candidate only per seat. If groups nominate more than one candidate, the first nomination received will be accepted.
  • If we receive more nominations than seats available, elections will take place through online voting.
  • Nominees must have no political affiliations.
  • Candidates are requested to submit a short profile (written in the first person) to accompany their nomination form (no more than 150 words, showing relevant experience). This profile will be made public for the purpose of elections. We also request a photo for the ballot (this is optional).

Closing date for nominations is 5:00pm Monday the 8th of April 2024