Podcast Series -Putting Town Centres First

Podcast Series -Putting Town Centres First

November 2020

Protecting the heritage of our historic town centres has never been more important given the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The traditional economic heartbeat of such places is under serious threat. Small and medium sized businesses are especially vulnerable. From the coffee shop on the corner, to brand name retail businesses, there is an air of uncertainty. Challenges of Covid have placed unprecedented pressures on traditional urban areas because of the effects of lockdown and other restraints. Yet the heart of many of our Town Centres contain layers of history and heritage. Town squares, streets, laneways, traditional and sometimes landmark buildings, and streetscapes that have survived the rigour of centuries, are vital for our historical memory and sense of place.

In a landmark move, the Heritage Council has now launched its first ever podcast series. ‘Putting Town Centres First’ provides timely insights, not least the multilayered challenges posed by Covid-19. The new series aims to raise awareness and understanding of key issues now confronting our historic town centres. It highlights the overwhelming need for innovative and collaborative responses and solutions. The new podcast series is part of the innovative Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Programme (CTCHC).

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Episode 2
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Episode 2

In episode two, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Tara Buckley, Director General of RGDATA the Retail Grocer's Trade Association.

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Episode 3: Alison Harvey
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Episode 3: Alison Harvey

In episode three, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Damir Hajduk, Head of Retail and Online Services Unit, DG GROW, European Commission.

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Episode 5: Sarah Sherlock
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Episode 5: Sarah Sherlock

In episode five, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Sarah Sherlock, Chair of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland's Geomatics Professional Group.

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Episode 6: Orla Murphy
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Episode 6: Orla Murphy

In episode six, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Orla Murphy, Associate Professor at UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. Orla co-presents the RTE series Building Ireland.

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Episode 6: Orla Murphy
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Episode 6: Orla Murphy

In episode six, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Orla Murphy, Associate Professor at UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. Orla co-presents the RTE series Building Ireland.

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Episode 7: Ian Talbot
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Episode 7: Ian Talbot

Episode Seven

In episode seven, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland and Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

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Episode 8: Nikki Mathews
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Episode 8: Nikki Mathews

In episode eight, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Nikki Mathews, Built Heritage Policy Team at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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Episode 9: Mark Dearey
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Episode 9: Mark Dearey

In episode nine, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Mark Dearey who runs the Store bar and Music Centre in Dundalk, Co Louth.

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