Westport – the survival of a rural Irish town

Over the past two 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’. Westport has been 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, which has contributed to the economic revival of not only Westport but many isolated Western villages along its route. Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and Heritage over the past two decades.