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

Europa Nostra 2013

The Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) has won a highly sought after European heritage award. The Irish win is in the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2013 in the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category. Known as the Oscars of European heritage, this accolade was won due to the efforts of the IWTN to train representatives of Irish historic towns to care for and advocate for their heritage.

The Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) educational programme is designed to impact upon how people in Ireland’s historic towns protect and use their medieval heritage. The overall aim of the programme is to create energized, educated heritage champions from local professionals and community groups that will drive the sustainable use of our medieval urban inheritance.

The award ceremony will take place on June 16, at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, in the presence of Karolos Papoulias, President of  the Greek Republic, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned opera singer and Europa Nostra President. The event is held under the auspices of the Greek President. Of the 30 winning projects, six will be named as grand prix laureates in Athens and one of the winners will receive the public choice award, based on an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.

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