Preserve our Built Heritage

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.

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The Gate Lodges of Donegal

The Gate-Lodges of Donegal Exhibition was promoted by Mr and Mrs David Rowe, An Taisce Dublin; help and advice given by Mr J.A.K. (Dixie) Dean, B.Sc., R.I.B.A., author of Gate Lodges of Ulster. At the time of Mr Dean’s research a considerable number, about 125, of these lodges were listed in Donegal. However in 1998-1999 when the current research took place, many had disappeared and the list is now reduced to 70.

22nd February 2014

An Taisce calls for ESB to consider the lack of activity on Fitzwilliam Street after working hours, looking to revitalize the Georgian quarter both visually and culturally.

1st February 2014

In advance of a key vote by Dublin City Council this day week (3rd. March), An Taisce has said a planning application by the ESB for Fitzwilliam St must prioritise the re-population of the area.

"At night there is hardly a lit window along Fitzwilliam St and the ESB's ultimate planning application must redress this" said An Taisce Policy Director James Nix.

“Dublin's South Georgian quarter needs to have life breathed back into and the ESB project is vital in kickstarting that process”, he continued.

6th January 2014

Expert report says that house warrants National Monument designation

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland, has written to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, asking him to declare a house with renaissance / late medieval features at Vicar Street in Kilkenny City as a national monument.

“Heritage tourism is hugely significant to Kilkenny’s economy” according to Declan Murphy, Chair of An Taisce’s local association in Kilkenny, “and a further high-profile historical and archaeological site can only add to that”.

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