Youghal Medieval Festival 2023 by Matt Brooker Photography, via Living Youghal

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 training & physical and online interpretation.


Eligible projects include:

  • heritage themed festivals and events, including virtual, of high education value
  • tour guide and town ambassador training
  • interpretative actions (e.g., signage, tourist maps, inlay paving to mark line of walls, audio guides, murals, trails, art works (not memorials/monuments), virtual reality, apps, websites and other online interpretative tools e.g., StoryMap)
  • feasibility studies
  • innovative lighting and projections
  • temporary and permanent exhibitions
  • works to make heritage sites both accessible and safe (this includes the cost of gaining archaeological consent and other permissions).
  • Conservation Training events – a maximum of €3,000 for conservation training on pre-1939 built heritage in your town.
  • Projects that promote social inclusion, the reaching of new audiences and collaboration between heritage and the arts are particularly
  • Projects that promote awareness and/or conservation of biodiversity in towns, and projects that address the impacts of climate change are especially welcome.
  • Projects involving two or more member towns are especially welcome.

Applicants must be current members of the Irish Walled Towns Network and applications must be made via the Heritage Council’s online grants management system (link below).

Guidelines for applicants are available here.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 18th March 2024.