• Sunday , 17 November 2019

Westport: An Holistic Approach to Town Planning and Heritage

Simon Wall IGS 15th Sept

Date: Thursday 15 September, 8pm

Venue: One Pery Hotel, Limerick

The Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society is delighted to announce the first talk of their Autumn 2016 lecture series taking place on Thursday 15 September at 8pm. The speaker will be Simon Wall, Town Architect for Westport and winner of the RIAI Public Choice Award 2016. Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and heritage over the past two decades. There is a €5 entry charge at the door and free for all students.

Speaker’s Bio

Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the Town of Westport, Co. Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

In recent decades, Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day. During this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’.

The town is also one of 3 nationally designated pilot towns for the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Historic Towns Initiative, pilot programme. Westport has recently been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, this entails a cycling infrastructural spend of €5 million over a five year period. The Town is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

The second talk of the series will take place on Friday 7 October and will feature Eamon O’ Flaherty present the Knight of Glin Memorial talk on Limerick and Bordeaux.

For further information email limerickgeorgiansociety@gmail.com.


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