Celebrating National Heritage Week 2019

We recently celebrated National Heritage Week in Ireland placing a spotlight on all things heritage related. The week-long series of events coordinated by the Heritage Council brought together communities, academics and enthusiasts to create and build awareness around heritage. Our team supported the week at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Ireland Working Party 2019.


Each year SPAB run several working parties to gather volunteers, community members, historic building professionals and conservation specialists for a short period of work and learning, whilst putting our expertise and knowledge into practice on a historic building in need. This years’ Working Party took place at Tullynisk Farm Buildings, Birr, Co. Offaly.


The event pitched 21st century tools and technology alongside ancient crafts on the Tullynisk Farm Buildings. We carried out a drone survey – gathering data in a few hours which would have taken months to gather in the 1850’s. We also hosted a survey workshop examining the latest survey methods for heritage, including drone footage, point cloud data, boundary surveys, 360-degree interactive walkthroughs, photographs and photographic schedules as well as sketching with pen and pencil. The group were also excited to get the chance to look at a beautiful handmade map which was commissioned by the Earl of Rosse in the 1850s.


Check out the UAV /drone footage captured during the event here.


Surveying technology and methods have moved on significantly in the last 50 years and have helped support and preserve our nations heritage buildings and structures. Here at Murphy Surveys we’ve been honoured to have worked on hundreds of conservation and restoration projects throughout Ireland and beyond, including Francis Johnston’s Chapel Royal, Parnell Quarter and Phoenix Park . Such projects enabled the digital documentation of various sites to safeguard their futures for all to enjoy.


For more information about our services in heritage contact: or call +353 45 484 040

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