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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.

Welcome to the Irish Walled Towns Network

The role of the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) is to unite and co-ordinate the strategic efforts of Local Authorities involved in the management, conservation and enhancement of historic walled towns in Ireland, both North and South.

The IWTN, in line with the provisions of the Heritage Act, 1995 [pdf 96kb], seeks to ensure that Ireland’s unique cultural and archaeological heritage in relation to its walled and fortified towns and cities is protected and managed in a sustainable and appropriate manner in the long-term. The IWTN Constitution [pdf 90mb] establishes the parameters through which the IWTN operates. IWTN is also committed to operate in accordance with the European Walled Towns' Constitution [pdf 131kb] and international conservation best-practice.

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A proposal for regenerating Ireland’s historic towns and villages

The IWTN have created a set of solutions which if funded will help make Ireland’s towns and villages better places in which to live, work and visit. [more]

Call for Historic Towns Research Awards 2015

Applications are now being sought for this year’s awards. There are two categories. These are best project or thesis by an individual taught masters student and best group project from taught masters students. [more]

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes last month on behalf of the Heritage Council had some good news about people’s interest in and involvement in heritage locally. [more]

Our Heritage Attracts 90% of tourists

Heritage is an important factor for the majority of the tourists who chose to holiday here.[more]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

Register your event by 7th June for inclusion in our National Heritage Week Guide. [more]

County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020 Have Your Say in the Future of our Heritage!

Sligo County Council, together with the County Sligo Heritage Forum, is preparing the third Heritage Plan for Sligo and is seeking your views on the key priorities and opportunities for Sligo’s heritage over the next five years.[more]

New Free Kilmallock Audio Trail

There is a new audio guide for one of the most intact medieval towns in Ireland. The Kilmallock audio guide is available free to download for people with smartphones or tablets.[more]

Next generation must play central role in shaping future of Ireland Historic Towns

Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. The Historic Towns Research Awards were designed to allow students the possibility of providing insight and solutions into the...[more]

Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

Would you like to sponsor the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting 1800 unique events over 9 days?[more]

National Heritage Week kicks off This Weekend

Over the next eight days, over 400,000 people are expected to take part in National Heritage Week which runs from Saturday 23rd August until Sunday 31st August. This year a new record with over 1800 events are due to take place.[more]

Call for Submissions to Support Cooperation projects on Transnational Tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage”

The European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry has launched a call for proposals on the themes of “Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial...[more]

Generations encouraged to explore Heritage Together during Heritage Week 2014

2014 marks the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. The theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is 'generations exploring heritage together’. Find out more about what events are happening in your area.[more]

New Action Plan Launched for the Walled Towns of Ireland

The 2014-2016 action Plan, the third to have been compiled by the IWTN, identifies the key issues that threaten the vitality of historic towns, and provides a framework through which the Irish Walled Towns Network can help its...[more]

National Heritage Week 2013 set to reach record total with 1700 events nationwide

National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th — 25th August 2013, looks set to reach a record total of 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be FREE to attend[more]

Online Event Registration- Now open for Heritage Week

In the year of The Gathering, people are encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community and showcase their local natural and cultural heritage[more]

Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network wins prestigious European Heritage award

The Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) has won a highly sought after European heritage award.[more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth in Mid-Sized Towns - Video clips now available

This conference examined how the heritage resources of a town can help it recover from the recession. If you missed this conference back in January - watch the video clips of the speakers' presentations.[more]


Seminar on LEADER projects involving heritage

November 23rd, Dublin- the IWTN will be running a free seminar on LEADER projects that incorporate heritage. [more]


Historic Towns Research
Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. This initiative promotes indigenous research connecting the work to the people who need it the most. We have done this in two main ways, the Historic Towns Research Awards and the connection of Irish towns to third level institute departments. 

Interpretation Plan Programme

IWTN has initiated a pilot programme which will undertake 'area-based' interpretation plans for the first time in Ireland. The draft plan for the medieval complex of Rinn Dúin, Co. Roscommon has already been published.

IWTN Education Initiative
This programme aims to develop a more sustainable bond between people living in medieval towns and the heritage that surrounds them. The programme is aimed at communities and professionals living within these towns.


Assessment of Possible Fiscal Incentives in Relation to the Built Heritage in Ireland’ s Towns

This report has been prepared by Peter Bacon & Associates. It assesses if specified fiscal instruments and other measures, could and should be used to incentivise investment in the built heritage in Irish towns.Download the...[more]

Bored of Boards

Lots of ideas for Interpreting Heritage sites. [more]