Múrbhailte na hÉireann

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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Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

Would you like to sponsor the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting 1800 unique events over 9 days?


Historic Towns Research Awards Ceremony

25th November, Dublin- to reward research being conducted by students in Ireland.


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.


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.