New Podcast Series -  Putting Town Centres First

New Podcast Series - Putting Town Centres First

November 2020

Exploring the antiquity of our towns in a time of COVID-19 – A podcast series to raise awareness and understanding of key issues now confronting our historic town centres.

Exploring the antiquity of our towns in a time of COVID-19 – A podcast series to raise awareness and understanding of key issues now confronting our historic town centres.

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).

Interviewer


Our Latest Episode

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)


Episode Six

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.

Further information in relation to Episode six

http://www.freemarket.ie/
Town: https://vimeo.com/98429001


Episode Five

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.


Episode Four

In episode four, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Martha Farrell, Marketing Lecturer from IT Tralee.

Further information in relation to Episode Four

BA Retail Experience Management

Tralee Town Centre Health Check Report


Episode Three

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


Episode Two

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


Episode One

In episode one, Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Dr Philip Crowe, Assistant Professor at UCD’s School of Architecture and Centre for Irish Towns (CfIT).

Reports Relating to Episode One

The Town Centre Living Initiative


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