Programme of Events



The Annual General Meeting and Tour is scheduled for 22 April in Dublin and further information will be circulated to members towards the end of March.


The May tour is being arranged for the weekend of the 20/21 May. Further details and booking instructions will follow shortly.


Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland Awards for Year 2016.

The Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland (IHAI) Awards for 2016 were presented on 21 February 2017 at a function in ESB Head Office Gateway, East Wall Road, Dublin. The event, sponsored by ESB, was hosted by Jim Dollard, Executive Director.

Dr Dermot O’ Dwyer, Vice-President IHAI commented that: “IHAI are delighted with the sponsorship of these Awards from ESB which seek to give recognition to individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting and safeguarding industrial heritage on an all-Ireland basis. It is important that we both recognise and celebrate this achievement.”

In his welcoming address Jim Dollard, Executive Director Business Services Centre & Electric Ireland stated; “IHAI was created by people of vision and commitment and the fruits of your earlier efforts are now slowly but surely creating an awareness of our rich past. The approach you are taking to progressing your aims is to be admired. Essentially it seems to me, that your organisation is trying to foster and develop connections between different sectors, diverse professional organisations and voluntary groups and this is actively forging a consensus that we should not only have a sense of shared ownership for our past but it is something we should strive to safeguard and celebrate.”

The recipients of the Awards were

Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael J.Conry, BAgrSc, MSc, PhD, M.I.Biol.I, F.I.P.S.S.
Michael Conry received his early education in the local national schools, Bishop Hodson’s Grammar School, Elphin and Roscommon C.B.S. After graduating in agricultural science from UCG and UCD in 1958, he was appointed a Research Officer in An Foras Talútais. During the course of his career in soil science he was awarded an MS. by the University of Ghent and obtained a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied under the guidance of Professor Frank Mitchell. He has published many books on the soil of various counties in Ireland and numerous scientific papers in Irish, British and European journals. As a result of his large volume of publications and his standing as a soil scientist, Michael was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists (UK) in 1990.
Over the last thirty years, primarily Michael has devoted most of his extra-curricular activities to the study of various aspects of Ireland’s cultural and industrial heritage. He has already published nine books on industrial heritage issues. He has provided both informal and professional advice on many aspects of industrial history and heritage and has always been highly regarded by his peers for his generosity in sharing his knowledge, expertise and experience.

Special Recognition Award: The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is the leading independent voice for built heritage in Ulster. A not-for-profit organisation, operating across the nine Ulster counties, it has 50 years expertise in promoting the value of built heritage, encouraging its protection and re-use through heritage-led regeneration.
The Society focuses on promoting appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture of all periods and encouraging the conservation, restoration and re-use of Ulster’s built heritage to regenerate and sustain local communities.
It continues to monitor and make representations relating to planning and policy, and educate and inform through their events, publications and the Built Heritage at Risk Partnership

Best Museum/Industrial Heritage Site: The Dublin Port Diving Bell.

The Diving Bell was designed by the port engineer Bindon Blood Stoney (1828 to 1907) and built by Grendon and Co., Drogheda. It was delivered to the Port in 1866, entered service in 1871 and was used in the building of the Port’s quay walls until 1958. It was a ground-breaking piece of engineering innovation in its day.
The Bell which has recently been refurbished has been elevated onto a two-metre steel structure, creating access for the public underneath, where a water feature has been installed and interpretative panels explaining the historical, social and engineering significance of the Diving Bell. Making this unique historic industrial artefact accessible to the public is part of Dublin Port Company’s wider plan to create a distributed museum of port and industrial heritage attractions across the Dublin docklands and into the port.

Mary Mulvihill Media Award: RTE TV Series Building Ireland

Produced by Esras Films BUILDING IRELAND was a six-part series of documentary TV Programmes screened on RTE1 which set out to explore and explain how Ireland’s great building and engineering achievements came to be, and their impact on the development of our towns and cities. In the company of an enthusiastic team of experts, the series married local heritage with construction technology and engineering. Architecture, geography and engineering are the disciplines brought to bear; each programme focused on a prime example of Ireland’s built heritage and recounted the fascinating story of its construction.