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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

Next generation must play central role in shaping future of Ireland Historic Towns

Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. The Historic Towns Research Awards were designed to allow students the possibility of providing insight and solutions into the...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Heritage Week 2015

August 2015- There’s lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week with lots of events taking place nationwide.

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

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.