Irish Walled Towns

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The Viking raiders of the ninth century and the Anglo-Norman invaders of the twelfth built defensive strongholds that over the centuries came to enrich the fabric of Irish life.

Events Archive

National Heritage Week

20th-28th August, Nationwide- Explore 100 years of heritage with 1800 events which are taking place country wide. [more]

Maintenance of Town Walls Workshops

12 & 13 April, Dublin- The IWTN will be running two workshops on how to plan and conduct simple maintenance actions on medieval town walls.[more]

Developing Tourism in your Historic Town

4th November, Kilkenny- Our Irish walled Towns Network is hosting a FREE half day seminar on tourism in historic towns. [more]

Realising the Hidden Potential of Ireland’s Towns

5th November, Kilkenny- This conference will address the difficulties facing many of Ireland’s smaller towns and set out an agenda that will deliver benefits for Ireland’s towns and the people who live in them. [more]

Historic Towns Research Awards Ceremony

25th November, Dublin- to reward research being conducted by students in Ireland. [more]

Maintenance of Town Walls Workshops

8th & 9th October, Dublin- The IWTN will be running two workshops on how to plan and conduct simple maintenance actions on medieval town walls. [more]

Loughrea Medieval Festival

Galway, 29-31st August- The festival will complement Loughrea‘s Irish Walled Towns status. An exciting and varied programme of free events, designed to appeal to people of all ages. [more]

Official Launch of Heritage Week

23rd August, Merrion Square Park, Dublin- We are teaming up with the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland for an archaeological extravaganza for the launch of Heritage Week. [more]

Kilkenny: Pop Up Museum

Every Thursday in August- The Parade, Kilkenny- Archaeological displays, The Big Dig, cartoon saloon artists, make your own artefact[more]

Heritage Week 2015

22nd-30th August 2015- There’s lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week with lots of events taking place nationwide. [more]

Conference: The 16th Century Walled Town

5th & 6th June 2014- Limerick- The Conference Looks at the socio-economic and political governance of the 16th century town; the changes in design in the merchant's house; it looks at merchants and builders, defences, artillery,...[more]

Creating A Pop Up Exhibition or Temporary Museum in A Vacant Retail Location

3rd & 4th December, Kilkenny- The purpose of the course is teach members of the community how to conceive, design and run a temporary exhibition or town museum in an unused town centre space.[more]

Meanwhile Use of Spaces and Places

9th October, Dublin- Exploring how to deal with derelict buildings and spaces in your town[more]

Heritage Council Grants are Vital to Your Local Community

25th September, Dublin- Briefing Session for TDs and Senators on how vital Heritage Council grants are to your local community. [more]

Wave on the walls in Derry

25 August, Derry- Take part in a giant wave to honour the 400 years since the creation of Derry City Walls. [more]

Conference "Power, Prayer & Public Archaeology"

2nd & 3rd July, Trim, Co Meath- A conference in celebration of 750 years since the foundation of the Black Friary[more]

Piety, politics and prelates

14th-16th June, Waterford- A conference celebrating the 650th anniversary of the unification of the dioceses of Waterford and Lismore[more]

Limerick’s Past, Present & Future: Lecture Series

Limerick County Council has announced details of its sixth season of biennial lectures on the Built Heritage of Limerick including Medieval Limerick City, the architectural history of the University of Limerick, the Archaeology...[more]

Celebrating Laois Heritage Conference

10th Nov, Co. Laois. Speakers will include Jacqui Donnelly (Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht) on Energy Efficiency in Historic buildings, Richard McLoughlin of Lotts Architecture on How to Write a Conservation Report and...[more]

Tales of Medieval Dublin 2012: Lectures

20th Nov & 11th Dec, Dublin. The annual lunchtime lecture series will explore the lives of seven different and fascinating inhabitants of Medieval Dublin. [more]

Dublin Civic Trust CPD Courses

24 October, Dublin - CPD Courses on Timber Decay and Damp in Historic Structures with Dr. Brian Ridout & Structural Repairs to Derelict and Ruined Structures with Ian Hume.[more]

Heritage Council Photography & Exhibition Workshop

A photography & exhibition workshop will take place in the Heritage Council, Kilkenny on July 27th and 28th 2012. Its objectives are to teach people how to compose, critique, print, mount & display photographs for exhibition. [more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Mayo Workshop

The programme of speakers has been specially selected to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Mayo's unique heritage sector. The event will be of interest to heritage practitioners, business people, innovators and...[more]

Maintenance of Town Walls - One-day Courses

1st & 2nd May, Dublin. One-day courses on the maintenance of town walls for specifiers and practitioners.[more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Kerry Workshop

21st April, Kerry. Following on from the outstanding success of the Galway event the Heritage Council is pleased to announce the details of the next workshop in the series which will take place in Listowel, Co. Kerry.[more]

Introduction to Conservation Plans - 1 Day Course

29th March 2012. This course is being run by the Heritage Council as part of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) Continuous Professional Development Programme 2012. [more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Galway Agenda Announced

The agenda for the inaugural workshop of this series is now available. The workshop will take place on Saturday, 3rd March 2012 at NUI, Galway.


Archaeological Archives as a Resource: Creation, Curation & Access - Conference

Thursday, 23 February 2012. Focusing on the paper archive, the conference proposes that archaeological archives are a crucial national heritage resource, worthy of continued curation, which should be accessible to all researchers...[more]

Conference - Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth in Mid-Sized Towns

A conference examining how the heritage resources of a town can help them recover from the recession will be held on Thursday January 26th in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin. [more]

The Táin March

June 23rd-26th. Join Queen Maeve’s Army on a march from Ardee to Cooley![more]

Buttevant Walled Town Day

Saturday June 18th, Castle Grounds, Buttevant, Co. Cork[more]

Space and settlement in the Middle Ages

Conference: May 27th / 28th. Trinity College Dublin[more]

Maps and Texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Seminar. 20th May 2011. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.[more]

From Maps to Apps

IWTN Seminar Series. March 22nd at 1.00pm. Heritage Council, Church Lane, Kilkenny[more]

Medieval Buttevant Conference: European Urbanism in Ireland

4th-6th March 2011. Buttevant and Springfort Hall Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork[more]

2011 Irish Walled Towns Network Forum and AGM event

Wednesday, January 19th. Wood Quay Venue, Dublin.[more]

Youghal Celebrates History

Youghal Celebrates History Conference

24-26 September 2010. Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork[more]

2010 Irish Walled Towns Network Annual Conference and AGM

Thursday, September 30th. The Heritage Council, Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny. Presentations now available to download.[more]

Irish Walled Towns Network Annual Conference

Thursday 5th November 2009. Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford, Co. Louth[more]

Irish Walled Towns Day 2009

By:Heritage Council

As part of Heritage Week 2009 Irish Walled Towns Day will be celebrated in historic Walled Towns throughout the country on Sunday the 23rd of August.[more]

Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) Meeting Carlingford September 2009


Details of this event will be confirmed over the coming weeks. 

Should you have any queries please contact Conor Brennan, Irish Walled Towns Day Coordinator, on 056 7770777 or[more]