Protect our Past campaign launched

Date Released: Thursday, July 15, 2021

A new campaign entitled Protect Our Past launched this week, urging visitors to heritage sites to be mindful of their actions over the summer. The focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the value, importance and uniqueness of Ireland’s archaeological heritage and to convey some key messages around visitor behaviour at monuments.

The campaign is a joint initiative of the Office of Public Works and the National Monuments Service (Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage). A short guide has been produced for visitors (available here: via Issuu). Over the coming weeks the Department and OPW will be sharing on respective social media channels a series of animated videos which show the impact that inappropriate behaviour can have on sites. We hope that raising awareness of the value of these sites will lead to an even wider appreciation and understanding of their significance and help in their protection. The full campaign information is available on

National Monuments Service Social Media Platforms