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Welcome to the Irish Walled Towns Network

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

The Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) was formed by the Heritage Council in 2005 to help the walled towns of Ireland become better places in which to live, work and visit. The island of Ireland has 56 ‘proven’ walled towns, 30 of which have joined the IWTN.

The role of the network 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, helping to make Ireland’s walled towns become great places in which to live, work and visit.

Guidance and assistance is provided to member towns by providing grants for town wall conservation and for community festivals and heritage interpretation. Training is delivered to community groups on how best to use their town’s heritage for the benefit of those who live there and we regularly research and publish user-friendly advisory documents.

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...

The Walled Town Crier Issue 19

The December issue of our Walled Town Crier E-zine is now available. In this issue we're getting to know Galway and its walls. We also have a round up of some of the many festive events taking place in our wonderful member towns this Christmas. There are news and...

Festive Events in Irish Walled Towns this Christmas

Congratulations to IWTN member town Waterford, which was recently named ‘European City of Christmas for 2024' Waterford was commended by the international judging committee as “an extraordinary jewel of Christmas harmony and aesthetics”. Winterval, the city’s annual...

Where are the IWTN towns?

Featured Towns

Trim

Trim was originally founded in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman Lord of Meath, Hugh de Lacey and his son Walter de Lacey. They constructed the largest castle in Ireland as their seat of power and a town quickly developed. The town required defences and between 1289-1290 Trim received a murage grant to build stone walls. These walls were needed to protect Trim’s inhabitants from attack, especially when the Lord and his soldiers were absent. When completed, Trim's stone walls enclosed an area of 23 hectares. There were six gates leading into the fortified town, Dublin Gate, Navan Gate, Water Gate, Sheep Gate, Bridge Gate and Athboy Gate. There was a natural fosse (the River Boyne) but not ramparts.

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Limerick

Limerick was founded by the Vikings in the 10th century. They created an early form of walling to protect the town's inhabitants but this was defeated by the Gaelic Dal gCais family of County Clare and then by the Anglo-Normans who took the town in the 12th century. The Anglo-Normans stayed in Limerick for two years, before leaving and then returning again for good in 1195.

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Fethard

Fethard has the most complete medieval town wall in Ireland with over 90% of the original 1,125m stone wall surviving. The town walls date from 1292 when King Edward I of England gave a murage grant towards the enclosure of the town and the protection of its citizens. This was continued by further murage grants in the 14th and 15th centuries.

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