Our architectural heritage is a unique and special resource. It forms part of our cultural identity by creating areas of local character and distinctiveness. There are many fine buildings in County Westmeath ranging from the grand castles and country houses to the everyday buildings within our towns and villages. These architectural and historical features are all significant sources of information about our past and can often become landmarks in our present surroundings. They are an irreplaceable record, which contributes to our understanding of both the present and the past. The physical survivals of our past are to be valued and we have a duty to ensure that it is conserved and passed on the future generations as a central part of our common cultural heritage.
Restoration/reconstruction aims at revealing cultural and historical values and should be based on authenticity. Conjecture should play no part in the process.
Details of the Heritage and Conservation grants currently available
Information is provided below on the Council’s latest heritage initiative – the development of a County Heritage Plan.
All buildings require regular maintenance to prevent them from falling into a state of disrepair and endangerment.
Conservation of historic buildings is about taking action to prevent decay and to prolong the life of our national architectural heritage.
There are 337 Protected Structures included on Westmeath County Development Plan and 38 within the Draft Athlone Urban Plan.
Information on carrying out repairs and maintenance on heritage buildings.