The Irish Walled Towns Network
The Heritage Council established the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) in April 2005. Its aim is to unite and co-ordinate the strategic efforts of Local Authorities involved in the management, conservation and enhancement of historic walled towns in Ireland, both North and South. The IWTN, in line with the provisions of the Heritage Act, 1995 [PDF 96KB], seeks to ensure that Ireland’s unique cultural and archaeological heritage in relation to its walled and fortified towns and cities is protected and managed in a sustainable and appropriate manner in the long-term. The IWTN Constitution [PDF 90MB] establishes the parameters through which the IWTN operates. IWTN is also committed to operate in accordance with the European Walled Towns' Constitution [PDF 131KB] and international conservation best-practice.
IWTN currently comprises 21 walled towns and villages throughout Ireland. These are Ardee, Athenry, Athlone, Bandon, Carlingford, Carrickfergus, Cashel, Clonmel, Cork, Derry, Drogheda, Dublin, Fethard, Galway, Kilkenny, Kilmallock, Limerick, New Ross, Rinn Duin, Trim, Waterford, Wexford and Youghal. IWTN liaises with other historic walled and fortified towns in Europe on a regular basis, including, Chester, Dubrovnik and Alcudia. Improved networks and links ensure that quality management and effective conservation plans and systems are designed and implemented to protect and conserve the historic walled towns for the enjoyment and appreciation of current and future generations in Ireland and further afield.