The built heritage of Leitrim today has been influenced by the geological, cultural and territorial history of the county. It includes vernacular buildings, country houses, industrial buildings and structures, places of worship, commercial buildings and the numerous vernacular features that contribute greatly to the sense of place of our countryside, historic towns and villages (for pre-1700 buildings and structures, please see the Archaeological Heritage section).
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) aims 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 recorded sites in Leitrim can be viewed here.
Protected Structures: A protected structure is a structure that a local authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view. Details of protected structures are entered by the authority in its Record of Protected Structures, which is part of the Development Plan. Each owner and occupier of a protected structure is legally obliged to ensure that the structure is preserved and planning restrictions may apply.
The County Leitrim Record of Protected Structures is listed in the Leitrim County Development Plan 2015 – 2021, Volume 2, Appendices A. and can be viewed here.
An Advice Series of booklets for owners of historic properties on Thatch; Paving; Access; Places of Worship; Energy Efficiency; Bricks; Iron; Maintenance; Roofs; Ruins; and Windows is available to view here.