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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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Historic Towns Research
Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. This initiative promotes indigenous research connecting the work to the people who need it the most. We have done this in two main ways, the Historic Towns Research Awards and the connection of Irish towns to third level institute departments. 


A proposal for regenerating Ireland’s historic towns and villages

Our IWTN have created a set of solutions which if funded will help make Ireland’s towns and villages better places in which to live, work and visit.