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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.

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County Meath Heritage Plan Public Consultation August 2014

The County Meath Heritage Forum, facilitated by the Heritage Office of Meath County Council, is preparing its second Heritage Plan for the county and is looking for your views.[more]

Have your say in the Future of Donegal's Heritage

Donegal's new County Heritage Plan is currently being prepared. Anyone with an interest in the heritage of County Donegal is invited to make a submission.[more]

Call for Nominations for the Historic Towns Research Awards

The Historic Towns Research Award is awarded by the Irish Walled Towns Network to one final year degree student and one taught masters student whose dissertation or thesis has skilfully explored issues into making Ireland’s...[more]

Heritage Council urges Government to provide funding for community grants

At a briefing day today for members of the Oireachtas, the Heritage Council will outline the impact of deep budget cuts on the heritage sector and made a call for increased state investment in heritage. [more]

Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County

Get involved and promote Heritage Week in your County by becoming a County Ambassador.[more]

Sad Passing of Billy Colfer

Over the past weekend many of us were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Billy Colfer. Billy was a member of the Heritage Council from 2005 — 2010.[more]

Rich Arts & Heritage Audio Content at

A great new website has been set up at which delivers high-quality, free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as radio documentaries and story telling about Irish culture, heritage...[more]

Castle Roche, Co. Louth.

Heritage the most significant reason for visiting County Louth: New Report

This report presents the findings of the Co. Louth Visitor Survey 2012 conducted between June and August 2012. By far the most popular reason for visiting the county was to visit Heritage Sites at 18%. [more]

The Fulbright Specialist Awards - Open for Applicants

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from Irish institutions to bring a Fulbright Specialist to their institution for two to six weeks.[more]

European Funding Call for Cultural Heritage Research Projects

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, has allocated €100,000 towards this call for cultural heritage research projects.[more]

Two New Monuments & Heritage Websites Launched

The websites highlight national monuments & heritage buildings that are open to the public but are not so well known. They are also intended to encourage tourists to visit locations that might not otherwise be on their...[more]

Norman Settlement of Rindoon Featured on Winning Streak

Liam Mannix, who runs the Heritage Council's Irish Walled Towns Network was recently on Winning Streak to talk about the unique Norman settlement of Rindoon in Co. Roscommon.[more]

Walls 400! Amateur Photographic Competition 2012

The Foyle Camera Club and the Holywell Trust today announced the Walls 400! Amateur Photographic Competition 2012. Entrants are invited to submit photos of the City Walls which best reflect the theme ‘Derry’s Historic City Walls...[more]

National Heritage Week 2012!

National Heritage Week 2012 takes place nationwide from the 18th — 26th August and event registration will commence mid-April so now is the time to plan what it is you’d like to do to take part in the week.[more]

Launch of Rindoon Conservation & Management Plan

On March 26th Minister Jimmy Deehihan visited the abandoned medieval town of Rindoon, Co. Roscommon. After a tour of this spectacular site he launched its new Conservation Management Plan.[more]

World Heritage Day 18th April 2012 - Get Involved!

This special day offers an opportunity to celebrate local heritage all over the world! Why not get involved ... there's any number of things you could do to celebrate World Heritage Day 2012 ... [more]

The winners of the Best Overall Event and Best Interactive Event during Heritage Week were the Tyrellspass Festival. Representing the Tyrellspass Festival Committee receiving the awards from Conor Newman, Chairman, Heritage Council and Rebecca Reynolds, National Cooridnator of Heritage Week were, Cllr Colm Arthur, Deirdre O'Brien McGibney, Debbie Garry and Martin Buckley. Photo: Pat Moore.

National Heritage Week 2011 Event Award Winners - Awards Presentation

The award for Best Interactive Event and Best Overall Event went to the Tyrrellspass Festival Committee for their Tyrrellspass Festival.[more]

Conference focuses on the value of heritage resources for towns attempting to recover from recession

Today, over 100 people are discussing how the heritage resources of a town can help it recover from the recession. The Conference which is jointly organised by the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network and UCC’s Planning...[more]

Presentation by Michael Starrett at at Talbot’s Tower, Kilkenny

Celebrating the tower's conservation and restoration. Monday 28th November 2011[more]

Irish Walled Towns Network Forum and AGM 2011

Wednesday 19th January 2011Wood Quay Venue, Dublin Click here to download programme [PDF 169K] Please contact Liam Mannix for further details:

PresentationsWelcome addressCharles Duggan, Heritage...[more]

Heritage Award for Fethard

Congratulations to Fethard Historical Society for winning Best Heritage Group at the recent Munster Express and Dooley's Hotel Heritage and Culture Awards. It is certainly deserved. Each year their Walled Towns Day Festival gets...[more]

2011 - Irish Walled Towns Network Forum and AGM

For further information please contact Liam Mannix[more]

The Irish Walled Towns Network is Linkedin!

The Irish Walled Towns Network Linkedin page is now live. The purpose of the site is to act as another informal way by which committee members in each Network town can share ideas and find solutions to common problems. Please...[more]

2010 Irish Walled Towns Conference

On September 30th the annual Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) conference and AGM took place in the Heritage Council’s offices in Church Lane, Kilkenny.[more]

New Irish Walled Towns Network Facebook page

The new Irish Walled Towns Network Facebook page has just come online. Its hoped that all members of the Network and others interested in medieval town walls will use this page as a forum to exchange ideas. Anyone can upload...[more]