Preserve our Built Heritage

8th August 2014

An Taisce has received several photographs of Tailors' Hall, courtesy of Mrs B Weir, which were taken prior to the restoration of the building. After falling into dereliction in the 1950s the hall was restored in the 1960s and more recently in the 1980s. The photographs illustrate how the building was close to losing a lot of its features and character. The Great Hall was missing a ceiling, the attic space was missing its floor, the building was without windows and open to the elements without.

6th June 2014

An Taisce has called on Government to widen the scope of its ‘roadmap’ for the built environment sector. An Taisce’s submission noted the the narrow definition of the “Built Environment“ which is unfairly limited to considering energy use in particular categories of buildings only. The proposed roadmap, under its current scope, will omit land-use and transportation related emissions as a consideration under the built environment.

30th May 2014

This consultation is well timed.

It now coincides with the wind up of the discredited Temple Bar Cultural Trust as highlighted in the Irish Independent headline 4th March 2014 ‘Scandal-Hit Temple Bar Trust is Axed’.

In April 2014 the Huffington Post’s inclusion of Dublin’s Temple Bar as one of the ’10 most disappointing’ places in the world for tourists, should be considered a source of national embarrassment.

23rd May 2014

An atmospheric image of Dromineer Castle, on the shores of Lough Derg, Co. Tipperary, by Padraig Ó Flannabhra, from his new book publication 'DeLight in Dromineer',which shows images of this historic lakeside village. Efforts by members of the public together with An Taisce North Tipperary, have formed 'Cairde an Chaisleáin' / Friends of Dromineer Castle ,to help remove Ivy, and conserve the 13th century, lakeside Icon of Dromineer, which dominates the local landscape.

15th May 2014

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, has presented a compelling historical and archaeological report to Minister for Heritage, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, asking him to confirm a National Monument at Vicar St, Kilkenny, and to issue a formal declaration under national monuments legislation.

14th May 2014

In continuation of the professional dialogue that took place in Kilkenny last week, An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland, and Kilkenny County Council agreed today agreed the following points at a meeting:

7th May 2014

Following a recent site visit, An Taisce is pleased to announce that an imminent meeting will take place with Mr. Joe Crockett, Kilkenny County Manager, to discuss the conservation plans for the Vicar Street houses in Kilkenny city. Renaissance / late medieval features of these houses were previously slated for demolition to make way for the Kilkenny Central Access Scheme (CAS).

An Taisce wishes to acknowledge the facilitation of the recent site visit and the opportunity to conduct an independent assessment of the standing remains.

ENDS

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