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Westport wins place on Heritage Towns Pilot Scheme

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Westport selected in new Heritage Towns Pilot Scheme


Michael Duffy
michaelduffy@mayonews.ie

MINISTER of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, has welcomed the announcement made last week by Mr Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, that Westport has been selected as one of three towns to partake in the new Heritage Towns Initiative pilot scheme.
The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland will be the lead implementation partners working with the Minister Jimmy Deenihan’s Department and the three towns.
“I have been informed that the core aim of the Heritage Towns Initiative will be to conserve and protect and find new uses where required for the built heritage of the participating historic towns whilst also maximising the economic value of tourism in each location.
“The Heritage Towns Initiative will promote heritage-led urban regeneration policies which are increasingly common throughout Europe.  A number of international projects have been completed which will provide useful case studies for Ireland in establishing this pilot scheme and which also demonstrate the heritage and economic potential that exists in schemes of this type,” said Deputy Ring.
The core aim of the Heritage Towns Initiative will be to conserve and protect and find new uses where required for the built heritage of the participating historic towns whilst also maximising the economic value of tourism in each location.
Deputy Deenihan said Ireland’s historic towns were a significant attraction for visitors to this country who have an interest in culture and heritage.
“The Programme for Government recognises the importance of promoting cultural tourism, and the conservation and protection of the architectural heritage assets in our historic towns is vitally important in establishing and developing a quality tourism product,” concluded Deputy Deenihan.
Westport has had heritage status for many years.

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