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Architectural Heritage

Kildare is a County that boasts a rich architectural heritage spanning many centuries. Through out the county there are many building types represented, some of which are unique to the county. This built heritage takes the form large estate houses, vernacular heritage such as thatched cottages, industrial related structures such as the Grand and Royal canals, bridges, mill buildings and warehouses.

Protected Structures

A protected structure is a structure that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social, or technical point of view. Every planning authority is obliged to have a Record of Protected Structures (RPS) that includes structures of special interest in its functional area and into which details of protected structures are entered. The RPS forms part of the Development Plan.

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

The purpose of the NIAH is to identify, record, and evaluate the post-1700 architectural heritage of Ireland, uniformly and consistently as an aid in the protection and conservation of the built heritage.  NIAH surveys provide the basis for the recommendations of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to the planning authorities for the inclusion of particular structures in their Record of Protected Structures (RPS).