Climate Change and Historic Towns: Adapting to Change

  • Conference /

  • Deebert Hotel, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick
  • Free

This event aims to empower local communities so that they can take greater control of how their historic town reacts to the challenge of climate change. 

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Both the global economy and climate are undergoing a period of radical adjustment. Until recently, economic change has been principally driven by globalisation and technology. However, as society takes strategic measures to reduce carbon emissions, environmental concerns will move to the core of what moulds the economy.

If communities do little or nothing, then they risk being wholly subject to both the decisions of others and an uncompromising environment. Accordingly, choices need to be made if historic towns are to continue to be fit for purpose. First, are communities going to acknowledge the shifting environmental and economic realities? If so, will they then coalesce and position themselves to take full part in the effort to reduce carbon and create a place better adapted to meet the emerging economic and policy trends?

For heritage, climate change and our reaction to it are the greatest threats to the preservation of historic structures, natural habitats and local traditions. Despite that, heritage can play a central role in solving the challenge of climate change. Building reuse, town centre living and eco-tourism are just a few areas where heritage can significantly improve a town’s carbon and economic profile. 

Topics and speakers:


Bringing four communities together: the story of Loop Head tourism. Cillian Murphy, Co-founder, Loop Head Tourism

Eco-tourism as a community endeavor on Inishbofin. Simon Murray, Manager, Inishbofin Develeopment Company 

Clonakilty area bike scheme. Tom O'Donovan, Owner, O'Donovan's Hotel

Waste management

Plastic Free Kinsale. Madeleine Murray, Director, Change by Degrees

Bere Island community glass waste management. David Andrews, Director, The Laughing Oyster Seaweed Company


Making the Aran Islands carbon neutral. Avril Ní Shearcaigh, Manager, Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Arainn/Aran Islands Energy Group

Templederry Community Wind Farm: Ireland's only community owned wind farm. John Fogarty, Co-chairman, Templederry Wind Farm

Recycling buildings and remote work

Reducing heating costs in pre-WW2 homes. Fergal McGirl, Architect

Building reuse and work at Osbourne’s Storehouse and bar, Rathanna. Eric Osbourne, Architect, Publican and Farmer

Remote work in rural Ireland. Tracy Keogh, Co-organiser, Grow Remote

This event is organised by the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council, Munster Vales and Ballyhoura Country. The IWTN was established by the Heritage Council in 2005.