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Past, Present & Future 18th June

2015 Athenry Community Centre Athenry County Galway 10:00am – 4:45pm

Conference 10.00am – 10:30am 10.30am- 10.45am 

Registration tea/coffee  elcome by Cllr. Peter Feeney, W Chairperson, Athenry Walled Towns Committee and Official Opening of the Conference by Cllr Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council

10:45am – 12:00 noon Conservation & Management

 ‘Athenry Town Walls: Conservation & Presentation’ by Fergal McNamara, Howley Hayes Architects  ‘Kilmallock Towns Walls: Protection and Consolidation’ by Sarah McCutcheon

12:00 noon – 12.15pm Tea/Coffee 12:15pm – 1:00pm Strategy ‘How Irish Tourism is Doing’ by Rory McCarthy, Fáilte Ireland. This presentation will include:

 International Tourism (numbers, profile and preferences)

 Domestic tourism (numbers, profile and preferences)

 The tourism Barometer

 Update on the Wild Atlantic Way Project

 Update on the Ireland’s Ancient East Project 1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch

 aunch of Booklet ‘Athenry Town L Walls: Past & Present’ 2:15pm – 3:15pm Walled Town Days & Other Heritage Initiatives

2.00pm – 2:15pm 

 ‘Good Cause for Civic Pride – the Medieval Heritage of Athenry & Loughrea’ by Dr. Jim McKeon

 ‘Working With the Walls: A Living History Approach’ by Dave Swift

 ‘Loughrea Medieval Festival’ by Cllr. Michael Maher, Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee.

 ‘Lismore, Where the Past is Always Present’ by Mealla Fahey 3.15pm – 3:30pm Tea/coffee 3.30pm – 4:30pm Interpretation

 ‘Heritage interpretation for historic towns’ by Liam Mannix

 ‘Sieges Great and Small - Martello’s Current Work in Derry and Valletta’ by Mark Leslie, Martello Media

 ‘Bringing an Historical Map to Life Building 3D Medieval Galway.’ Gavin Duffy (Real Sim) Questions and Answers

4.30pm – 4.45pm

Biographies   Gavin Duffy Gavin Duffy is Managing Director of RealSim, a Galway based 3D environment simulation company. Although he has no formal things archaeological or historical training, he has a keen interest in all recent more in and sicist, historical through his former life as a geophy years through his historical environment reconstruction work with RealSim. and Gavin is particularly passionate about harnassing modern digital and past the life to back bring ly’ ‘virtual to visualisation technology make it accessible to young and old for a greater appreciation of our . heritage.  Today he is going to talk about their Medieval Galway project

Mealla Fahey

 Mealla Fahey has over 25 years exp erience of working in tourism, the last 13 years of this has been as Project Manager at Lismore Heritag e Company.  Mealla has overseen the expansion of Lismore Heritage Centre into one of the leading visi tor attractions in County Waterfo rd. Mealla’s work includes the expans ion and development  of  a number of new niche tourism products that have lead to an increase in visitors to the town. Most recently, she has managed the development of ‘The Lismore Retail Experience’ a new shopping experience within the Heritage Centre and ‘The Lism ore Craft Collective’ a town centre regeneration project. In 201 3 working with the local business community Mealla led the develop ment of a new Destination Brand for Lismore, she also works with local festival organisations and community groups. In 2014 Mealla worked with the Lismore Tidy Tow ns Committee on the Tourism Town project which saw Lismore being short-listed in the final top ten tow ns. Mealla works in association with the Waterford City & County Council and other agencies in seeking to create a strong, vibrant  and sustain able town.

Mark Leslie

 Mark Leslie leads Martello Media’s team of narrative architects - architects, researchers, writers , museum experts, exhibition designers, graphic artists, filmmak ers, computer programmers, lighting and hardware specialists working together to design unique narrative spaces and interactive experiences. Mark studied architecture at Jesus College, Cambridge and the Graduate School of Design at Har vard. He founded Martello in 1986 as the digital presentation arm of his existing architectural practice, Martello rapidly developed into a pioneering interactive multimedia production studio. Martello subseq uently expanded into heritage consultancy, interpretative master planning and exhibition design.

Biographies Cllr. Michael Maher

 ieval founding members of Loughrea Med Cllr. Michael Maher is one of the tee. mit h Walled Town Network Com Festival and is a member of the Iris

Liam Mannix

 Liam is a conservation consultant with over ten years experience in the heritage sectors of Ireland, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Currently, he acts as Project Manager of the Irish Walled Towns Network with the Heritage Council of Ireland. In 2013 the IWTN’s Edu cational Programme which Liam  manages won a European Union Prize for Cul tural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awa rd. Liam also sits on the board of directors of Rothe House Museum and Gar dens.

Sarah McCutcheon

 haeologist Sarah McCutcheon is Executive Arc . She has ncil Cou nty Cou with Limerick City & , in and Irel of th sou the worked throughout on the y larl ticu  par but City New Ross and Cork rd erfo Wat in s tion ava exc extensive city centre in ncil Cou nty Cou k eric City. She joined Lim us projects 1998 and has worked on numero at Adare and s tion ava exc g since then, includin duties for her t ngs amo Kilmallock. Latterly project the n bee has she the Local Authority ied carr ks wor on vati ser manager for the con l wel as ck allo Kilm of l out to the town wal the care of as several medieval churches in . ncil Limerick County Cou

 Rory McCarthy Rory McCarthy has worked for Failte Ireland since 2008 specialising previously in Festivals and Events and currently on Experience Development, Investment and Innovation. Rory’s current projects relate to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, Maritime Cork and Dublin Discovery Trails. Previous to working for Fáilte Ireland Rory worked as an economic development officer for York specialising in Heritage and Tourism and delivering a number of high profile interpretive and experience development projects at key historic sites including York Minster and the City Walls. Rory has a masters in Environmental Resource Management from UCD and studied Archaeology in UCC.

Biographies Jim McKeon

aeologist and a graduate of Jim McKeon is an experienced arch the medieval walled towns on NUI Galway. His PhD research was lished several papers on this of south Connacht and he has pub archaeological monographs for topic. He has edited a number of recently carried out a month the National Roads Authority and etery site in the highlands long excavation at a high-status cem Athenry and currently works of Northern Ethiopia. Jim lives in tre. Over the past few years in Athenry Arts and Heritage Cen l schools on the history and he has given presentations to loca y. archaeology of Galway and Athenr

Fergal Mc Namara

 director of Howley Fergal Mc Namara is an associate has received many Hayes Architects, a practice that ion and reuse of awards for the care, repair, adaptat gal is a member of the historic buildings and places. Fer servation architect, RIAI and is a grade 1 accredited con been responsible for who over a period of ten years has s within the practice. many complex conservation project

 Dave Swift Dave has worked as a field-archaeologist since 1999 and as founder of ClaĂ­omh has been involved in Irish living-history interpretative work for more than 20 years. He has several television and film credits working variously as armourer, military advisor, fight choreographer, wardrobe assistant and actor.

Registration To register for this free event please contact: Grainne Smyth, Forward Planning, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway. Phone: 091 509121 or Email:

This conference has been organised by the Heritage Office, Galway County Council, Athenry Walled Town Day Committee, Athenry Art and Heritage Centre, Galway County Heritage Forum & the Irish Walled Town Network and has been funded by Galway County Council and the Heritage Council.


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