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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.

Welcome to the Irish Walled Towns Network

The role of the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) 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.

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LATEST NEWS

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...

UPCOMING EVENTS

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FEATURED INITIATIVE

Interpretation Plan Programme

IWTN has initiated a pilot programme which will undertake 'area-based' interpretation plans for the first time in Ireland. The draft plan for the medieval complex of Rinn Dúin, Co. Roscommon has already been published.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Bored of Boards

Lots of ideas for Interpreting Heritage sites.