Gort Energy 2020/2021

Gort Energy Webinar Workshop 2020

Gort – a connected town, Video funded by Creative Ireland

Gort Energy Webinar Workshop took place in a COVID-compliant format, on-line and in Sullivan’s Royal Hotel in Gort on 2 December.

Since the inception in 2017, of a collaboration between Galway County Council, Baile (ICOMOS Ireland’s Small Towns and Villages NSC) and Burren Lowlands with other groups in Gort has worked to acknowledge, celebrate and promote the uniqueness of the town and to display and conserve the history written in its streets and buildings, by focusing on the issues affecting the fortunes of the town.

The Gort Energy Webinar Workshop was an extension to this collaboration. Originally intended as a series of demonstration projects, the on-line webinar was adapted to:

  • explore the issues faced by the owners and occupiers of the traditional and historic buildings in Gort,  – with a view to providing technical assistance and demonstrations in the future.
  • identify ways of improving the quality of the accommodation, so that it is fit for purpose in the 21st century.
  • is sustainable – meets the challenges laid down by our Green Energy commitments to help address climate change.
  • protects the historic fabric that contributes to Gort’s special sense of place;
  • highlight the opportunity provided by the SEAI Sustainable Communities (SEC) Project, and encourage a collaborative funding application for an SEAI funded Energy Masterplan and Energy Enhancement project in Gort


Four speakers introduced the town and some of the issues of energy performance faced by buildings most small Irish towns, the SEAI Sustainable Energy Community initiative, a case study of an exemplary energy upgrade of a public building and options and issues to be addressed in the future; these were followed by an open discussion amongst the 26 attendees.

The workshop was followed by the LAUNCH of a video: Gort – a connected town, funded by Creative Ireland and available to download here and on www.irishtownsandvillages.ie

Gort – A Connected Town


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Gort workshop poster

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