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Welcome to the Irish Walled Towns Network

Working to make walled towns better places in which to live, work and visit.

Founded by the Heritage Council in 2005, the role of the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) is to unite and co-ordinate the strategic efforts of local authorities and community groups involved in the management, conservation and enhancement of historic walled towns in Ireland, both North and South.

The island of Ireland has 56 ‘proven’ walled towns, 32 of which have joined the IWTN.

Read more about the Irish Walled Towns Network and what we do

Where are the IWTN towns?

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Drogheda

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Rindoon

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Athlone

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Athenry

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Galway

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Dublin

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Kildare

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Loughrea

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Castledermot

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Cashel

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Kilkenny

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New Ross

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Wexford

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Fethard

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Kilmallock

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Buttervant

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Clonmel

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Carrick on Suir

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Waterford

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Youghal

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Bandon

The Walled Town Crier Issue 21

The April issue of our Walled Town Crier E-zine is now available. In this issue we're getting to know Kildare town, with an article contributed by our Kildare town representative, Tom McCutcheon. We also have a feature on our new IWTN Strategy 2024-2028, as well as...

IWTN Strategy 2024-2028

The new IWTN Strategy 2024-2028 was launched at our AGM in Trim on 21 March 2024. In launching the Strategy, Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council, paid tribute to the achievements of the network since its foundation in 2005 and noted the importance of...

This National Tree Week, join us in Buttevant for a hands-on workshop on planting pocket forests - small urban 'forests' planted using the Miyawaki method - within your historic town. Pocket forests can be as small as 6m squared (about the size of a parking space) and...

The Walled Town Crier Issue 20

The February issue of our Walled Town Crier E-zine is now available. In this first issue of 2024 we're getting to know Kells, Co. Meath. Kells has been a member of the Irish Walled Towns Network since 2015. We also have a round up of some of the fantastic publications...

IWTN Interpretation & Events Grants Scheme 2024: Now Open

The Heritage Council is pleased to announce that the Irish Walled Towns Network Interpretation & Events Grants Scheme 2024 is now open for applications. For 2024 the scheme will continue to emphasise Walled Towns Days, small festivals, conservation training &...

New Publication: The Medieval Walled Towns of Kildare

A new guide to the medieval walled towns of Kildare has been produced by Kildare County Council with funding from the Irish Walled Towns Network Interpretation and Events Grants Scheme 2023. Written and designed by Sharon Green and Sarah Nylund of Abarta Heritage, the...

New Publication: Navan. Its People and its Past.

'Navan: Its People and its Past' is a collection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century photographs of Navan town from the Lawrence and Eason collections in the National Library of Ireland. This booklet was published by Navan and District Historical Society...

New Publication: The Medieval Walled Towns of Tipperary

A new guide to the medieval walled towns of Tipperary has been produced by Tipperary County Council with funding from the Irish Walled Towns Network Interpretation and Events Grants Scheme 2022. Written and designed by Sharon Green and Sarah Nylund of Abarta Heritage,...

New Publication: Illustrated Guide to Waterford’s City Walls and Towers

A new illustrated guide to Waterford's City Walls and Towers has been produced by Waterford City and County Council with funding from the Irish Walled Towns Network Interpretation and Events Grants Scheme 2022. Written and illustrated by Dave Pollock, the booklet...

IWTN Interpretation & Events Grants Scheme 2024: Opens 16th February

The Heritage Council is pleased to announce that the Irish Walled Towns Network Interpretation & Events Grants Scheme 2024 will open for applications on 16 February. For 2024 the scheme will continue to emphasise Walled Towns Days, small festivals, conservation...