Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative shortlisted for prestigious local government award – Highland Radio

Ramelton’s Historic Towns initiative has been recognized by Chambers Ireland, and Donegal County Council has been nominated for an award for excellence in local government.

The nomination is in the Heritage and Built Environment category. The initiative has already won the Urban Design Award from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland this year.

Donegal County Council Heritage Manager Joe Gallagher says the initiative was born out of cooperation within various council departments, and between the council and the local community …………….


Pictured outside the recently restored frontage of the former McFadden’s Shop on Castle Street, Ramelton on Monday August 22 are (left to right): Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Joe Birney (Ramelton Georgian Society), Joanne McMenamin (Administrator, Donegal County Council), Duncan McLaren (Principal Architect, Dedalus Architecture), Jacqui Donnelly (Principal Architect, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage) , Joseph Gallagher (Heritage Manager, Donegal County Council) and Ian Doyle (Conservation Manager, The Heritage Council).

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Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative shortlisted for Local Government Excellence Award

Donegal County Council has been nominated for a Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award in the Heritage & Built Environment category for the Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative. The award recognizes the best initiatives by local authorities to promote the public interest, knowledge, appreciation and protection of local heritage. The awards ceremony takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin on Thursday 24 November and Donegal County Council has been nominated in two categories.

“We are delighted that Chambers Ireland has recognized Ramelton’s Historic Towns Initiative with a nomination for the upcoming Local Government Excellence Awards,” said County Donegal Heritage Officer Joseph Gallagher. “The Historic Towns of Ramelton initiative was a collaboration between Donegal County Council, the Ramelton Georgian Society, Dedalus Architecture and local landlords. Fourteen historic buildings along Castle Street, Back Lane, at Market Cross and the House on the Brae on Bridge Street, Ramelton have benefited from the Historic Towns Initiative. All 14 buildings are protected structures or included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and contribute to Ramelton’s historic streetscape. Conservation work undertaken included the repair of the roof and chimney, the resolution of structural problems, the installation of cast iron storm drains, the rehabilitation of windows and wooden sash doors, as well as as the repair and restoration of historic storefronts using traditional materials and informed by best conservation practices and historical evidence. . The initiative was funded by the Heritage Council, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Donegal County Council and local landlords. News of the nomination for the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award came as representatives from the Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage visited the town last week.

The Historic Towns of Ramelton initiative represents a cross-branch partnership between the County Donegal Heritage Office of the Housing, Business and Culture Branch and the Conservation Office of the Development and Community Services Branch. Donegal County Council Community Planning. “The Historic Towns Initiative is based on the Ramelton Conservation Plan and the Town of Ramelton Action Plan and also provides direction for future conservation and regeneration work planned in the town,” Collette said. Beattie, conservation officer. “The initiative is based on a partnership and collaboration model developed and piloted by Donegal County Council. Key to its success has been community engagement which has been evidenced by the role of the Ramelton Georgian Society, our partners in the project and community ambassadors like Joe Birney and Jean Winston. As well as helping to secure the future of several historic buildings in the town, the initiative has enabled us to support the local community to conserve the Georgian House on the Brae and begin to bring it back into use. The conservation work was guided by Level I Conservation Architect Duncan McLaren of Dedalus Architecture and provided employment for local conservation professionals, building contractors and carpenters. All work has adopted the principles of conservation best practice, minimal intervention, repair rather than replacement, and minimal impact on climate change. Ramelton’s Historic Towns initiative has already been nationally recognized for its innovation this year when it won the Urban Design Award and was also highly commended in the sustainability category at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) in June. The initiative was also shortlisted for the 2022 RIAI Public Choice Award.