Dundalk Town Council and Dundalk Tidy Towns launched ‘The Dundalk Style’ Architecture Poster in the County
Museum last week.
Guest speaker was Mr Ian Lumley, Heritage Officer with An Taisce.
Mr Lumley said this is a very important initiative by Tidy Towns group. It highlights the quality and vitality of Dundalk architecture in the middle and late 19th century.
He spoke about Dundalk’s rich industrial history, the GNR railway engineering centre, the wealth of the town as reflected in the commercial buildings and the quality of the architecture.
“What is well communicated by the poster,” he said, “is the harmony of the architecture. There was an overall unity. This was good quality craftsmanship.”
He called for a partnership between business, politicians, volunteers and the private sector, to promote the town in this way.
He said An Taisce has an important role to play in that.
“We are already involved in the promotion of cycling in schools,” he said, “and this is part of a wider effort to make our towns and villages more attractive for walkers and cyclists.”
He said this poster reflected the great heritage we have to pass on to others.
Mr Willie Duffy, chairman Dundalk Tidy Towns, said the idea came about when the town was short-listed for the national Tidy Towns Tourism Town of the Year award.
It was then that Team Dundalk was set up to promote tourism.
Dundalk photographer Paddy Clarke photographed the buildings and his daughter Eimear provided the editing skills.
Willie thanked Town Clerk Frank Pentony ◦Mary Capplis Celine Breen, Benedicta McArdle, Padraig O’Hora, Catherine White, Ken Mulholland, Shane Rice, Kathleen Dunbar, Helen Byrne, Joe Berrill, ◦Sean Farrell,◦Patrick Woods and many others.
The posters are on sale at the Tourist Office at The Square and the County Museum at €4 and €6.
Dundalk Town Council chairman Eamonn O’Boyle launched the project and thanked Willie and all his team for the tremendous way they are promoting the town.