The Heritage Council established the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007. In today’s podcast, we speak to Dr Liam Lysaght, Director of the Data Centre, as he explains why it was established and the strategic importance of its work.
Episode 9: Ireland’s Historic Towns Initiative
Every street corner, every meandering alleyway, every old shop façade tells its own story. Our streetscapes are woven into the heart of Irish life – and are a crucial part for our heritage. The Historic Towns Initiative – run by The Heritage Council in partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage – aims to protect and preserve a vital thread in Ireland’s past.
The Historic Towns Initiative – run by The Heritage Council in partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage – aims to protect and preserve a vital thread in Ireland’s past. This year, a €1.5m fund had been made available for the heritage-led regeneration of 10 towns after a competitive process. These include Tralee, Co Kerry; Ballyshannon, Co Donegal; Ballina, Co Mayo; Roscommon, Co Roscommon; Sligo, Co Sligo; Tramore, Co Waterford; Birr, Co Offaly; Enniscorthy, Co Wexford; Navan, Co Meath and Callan, Co Kilkenny.
The money will provide a vital jobs boost and act as an economic stimulus, helping to rebuild local economies with heritage as a focal point. The Initiative follows on from similar highly successful programmes in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Last year, €1m in funding was available under this scheme.