This is the Irish Walled Towns Network publications section. Here you can find all publications, reports and presentations for this heritage area of interest. You will also find conservation and management plans which have been commissioned by the IWTN.
Action Plan 2014-2016
The 2014-2016 action Plan is the third to have been compiled by the IWTN. Action Plans support the network’s structure in the effective running of the organisation. They allow us to identify the key issues that threaten the vitality of historic towns, and provide a framework through which the IWTN can help its member towns protect and regenerate their historic spaces and places. The action Plan format makes it possible to evaluate the IWTN’s impact on the management and promotion of walled settlements. It also permits the IWTN to influence wider agendas within Irish heritage, particularly in terms of conservation, interpretation, and sustainable economic development.
Download the Action Plan [PDF 13.9MB]
Bored of Boards
Currently, the interpretation of Ireland’s historic places is dominated by panels. Although very useful, there is more to interpretation than just the use of text heavy boards. The primary objective of this document is to show what other media can be used. Nonetheless, some guidance on interpretive panels is provided. Most of the methods shown are durable, low maintenance and relatively low tech.
Download Bored of Boards [PDF 1.4MB]
Rindoon, Co. Roscommon: Conservation & Management Plan 2012
This revised Conservation & Management Plan seeks to re-examine the site and its significance with a view to creating a practical tool to guide its management and plan its conservation in the coming decade.
Download Rindoon Conservation & Management Plan 2012 [PDF 35MB].
Three-Year Action Plan 2011-2013 plus a review of activities 2006-2010 (2011)
The IWTN was formed by communities from walled towns which recognise the intrinsic value of the medieval fabric in its own right and understand the link between the quality of the walls and bringing direct economic benefits.
Accordingly, the various goals of the 2011-2013 Action Plan create circumstances whereby the walls are protected and promoted as an amenity for both locals and tourists alike. By enacting the Plan the quality of our tourism product, and the hospitality and craft sectors of each town can benefit. Similarly the livelihoods of the construction workers, small businesses and professionals that conserve and interpret the fabric will receive much needed support.
View the Three Year Action Plan 2011-2013 [PDF 3.5MB].
Fethard Historic Walls Conservation & Management Plan (2009)
The primary objectives of this plan are to significantly improve the local understanding and awareness of the monument and its significance, promote the recognition and protection of the monument (at both a local and international level); put in place an effective conservation and management scheme for the monument; give guidance and prioritisation for repairs/ works and conservation of the monument; and to inform any planning requirements and put forward any relevant recommendations.
View Fethard Historic Walls Conservation & Management Plan [PDF 2.8MB].
Youghal Town Walls Conservation Plan (2008)
The principle objective of this Conservation Plan is to evolve and articulate policies for the town wall that are both feasible and compatible with both the heritage conservation and development aspirations of the town.
View Youghal Town Walls Conservation Plan [PDF 7.5MB].
Trim Town Walls Conservation Plan (2008)
The Conservation Plan provides the background to a Management Plan which was commissioned at the same time and is drafted to take into account the policies outlined in this document. The purpose of the plan is to identify the significance of Trim Town Walls, the threats to their continuing significance, and to propose policies for the future protection and management of the walls.
View Trim Town Walls Conservation Plan [PDF 1.8MB].
Rindoon, Co. Roscommon: A Management Plan (2008)
This study, commissioned by the Heritage Council, entails a review of archaeological assessment and monitoring procedures in Ireland with a view to developing guidelines on how these activities should be undertaken.
View Rindoon, Co. Roscommon: A Conservation Plan [PDF 1.33MB].
Conservation Plan: Town Wall & Other Defences of Drogheda (2008)
This Plan is prepared with a view to forming the focus of long-term, strategic planning for the historic core of the town; to protecting the coherence and plan form of the circuit of the town walls and defences on both sides of the river; and to making the circuit an essential part of the ‘old town’s’ identity.
View Conservation Plan: Town Wall & Other Defences of Drogheda [PDF 8.3MB].
Athenry Town Walls Conservation Plan (2008)
Athenry’s medieval Town Walls, which date back to the 14th century, are a National Monument. They are of local, regional, national and international importance and are a source of immense county and local civic pride.
Recognising that the Walls were an under-exploited resource for Athenry, Galway County Council provided funding, in partnership with the Heritage Council, for the conservation and management plan, which has been prepared in consultation with many organisations and the community in order to
present as broad a consensus on the way forward as possible.
View Athenry Town Walls Conservation Plan 2008 [PDF 2MB].
New Ross Town Walls Conservation Plan (2008)
This Conservation Plan was commissioned by New Ross Town Council, working in partnership with the Heritage Council through the IWTN. The purpose of the Plan is to identify the significance of New Ross Town Walls, the threats to significance, and to propose policies for the future protection and management of the walls.
View New Ross Town Walls Conservation Plan [PDF 2.9MB].
Limerick City Walls Conservation & Management Plan (2008)
The aim of this conservation and management plan is to improve local understanding of the monument; promote the monument's protection as a whole; provide a basis on which conservation, repairs and on-going maintenance can be based; highlight the monument's importance with regard to possible future adjacent development; and to improve access, both physically and intellectually to Limerick City Walls.
View Limerick City Walls Conservation & Management Plan 2008 [PDF 15.5MB].
Walls of Clonmel: Fallaí Cluain Meala (2008)
Published by South Tipperary Co. Co. This document provides a short introduction to the history of Clonmel’s Medieval Town Walls and describes where remains can still be seen today.
Download Walls of Clonmel [PDF 3.5MB].
Medieval Walls of Kilkenny City (2005)
Published by Archaeology Ireland. Medieval Walls of Kilkenny City outlines the history of the walls, what their function was and how they can be maintained for future generations as well as providing graphic representation of the walls through maps and photographs.
Download Medieval Walls of Kilkenny City [PDF 2.3MB].
Kilkenny City Walls Conservation Plan (2003)
Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by the Heritage Council to produce a conservation plan for the City Walls of Kilkenny. The walls are of great importance both locally and nationally, but their deteriorating condition and the partial loss of surviving lengths have been causes of concern.
The objectives of the plan are to: improve local understanding of the walls and their significance; to promote recognition and protection of the walls; encourage management schemes for effective maintenance; provide guidance for repairs and conservation; to provide protection of the setting from adjacent developments; and to improve access to the walls.
View Kilkenny City Walls Conservation Plan 2003 [PDF 5.9MB].