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DIT Environment Planning and Environment Management students visit Bremore Castle in Balbriggan

Posted: 12 March, 2018

First-year Planning and Environment Management students at DIT are introduced to many exciting learning environments during their studies such as a module entitled ‘Settlement Analysis’.

DIT Environment Management and Planning first-year students pictured in front of Bremore Castle in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

As part of the module a town is chosen, and this year, it is North County Dublin town, Balbriggan. Each student selects a theme from a range of interrelating topics such as ‘Land Use’, ‘Built heritage’, ‘Retail’, ‘Urban trees’, ‘Movement’, etc. and undertakes an individual baseline study on the town. To facilitate their research, students in addition to their lectures in DIT, are also informed by expert input from local representatives and community groups while undertaking a number of field visits to Balbriggan town centre and its environs.

During a recent visit to the town, Fingal County Council’s Senior Parks Superintendent Mr Kevin Halpenny kindly led DIT students on a tour of Bremore Castle which is a National Monument and an important late medieval building estimated to have been originally built in the 14th century. This impressive ‘emerging’ landmark building was a ruin of little more than five metres high when this project began in 1992. Owned by Fingal County Council, it has, together with Balbriggan and District Historical Society, FÁS, and more recently the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), sponsored an ambitious reconstruction of the Castle. The restoration is based upon comparative historical conservation research undertaken on similar structures in the UK and Europe.

This restorative project is part of a broader plan for the Fingal area and as such is central to any study of Balbriggan. When completed Bremore Castle and its associated parklands will revitalise and link Balbriggan’s heritage sites, coastal paths, and beach as public amenities for locals and visitors alike. Those interested in studying Planning and Environment Management at DIT can find out more here