Irish Walled Towns

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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.

Conservation of Talbot’s Tower, Kilkenny 2007-2012

Between 2007 and 2012 the IWTN significantly supported the work of Kilkenny Borough Council in the conservation of the impressive Talbot’s Tower located in the centre of Kilkenny City. The tower is to be the centrepiece of a new archaeological 'pocket park' which will include the display of archaeological artefacts found in the area, information signage and allow visitors to view a section of the medieval town ditch. Once open in 2013 the park will add significantly to the tourism infrastructure of the city by offering visitors the opportunity of a ‘13th century eye view’ over Ireland’s best preserved medieval city.

View Talbot's Tower, Kilkenny: Excavations for the City Walls Archaeological Park [pdf 1.6mb].

Local Authority: Kilkenny Borough Council
Consultants: Consarc/ Ivor McElveen Associates/ Ben Murtagh/ Kilkenny Archaeology
Main Contractor: Stone Mad Ltd.
Funding Body: The Heritage Council through the IWTN

This project was grant-aided under the Irish Walled Towns Network Capital Works Scheme between 2007 and 2012.