On the 24th of February, a virtual workshop and the IWTN AGM were held. We were delighted to welcome Malcolm Noonan, TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform to address the Network and launch the 2021 Grants Programme. Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council also addressed the network and wished all the attendees (representatives from 25 walled town members from across the island of Ireland) the best of luck with projects in 2021.

The workshop featured talks about projects funded by the IWTN that went ahead in 2020 – despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic. To see pdfs of the presentations follow the links below.

  • Clare Lee, Executive Planner with Tipperary County Council, delivered a talk about conservation works in Carrick on Suir and other projects in the town that were supported by the IWTN. That presentation can be seen here.
  • Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer with Galway County Council, talked about her experience of organising virtual festivals in Athenry and Loughrea. To see her presentation, please click here.
  • Garry Kelly, GK Media, talked about the technical considerations for organising and delivering a virtual presentation. His presentation can be seen here.
  • Amanda Ryan, Grants Administrator, the Heritage Council, also gave a talk about the IWTN grant application process including important tips for applicants. To see her presentation, please click here.

For more information about IWTN grants programmes or any of the projects featured here, please do email irishwalledtownsnetwork@abartaheritage.ie