Historic Towns Initiative
The Historic Towns Initiative is a joint undertaking by the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland based on a renewal of the existing Heritage Towns designation. The aim is to promote the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns. A pilot phase of the Initiative was undertaken between February 2013 and June 2014 in three towns: Listowel, Co. Kerry, Westport , Co. Mayo and Youghal, Co. Cork.
The Historic Towns Initiative Framework which sets out the steps to follow when undertaking a heritage-led regeneration project of a town was launched in February 2013.
A national roll-out of the Historic Towns Initiative is currently under consideration but will be contingent on dedicated funding being made available to the Department.