Section 6.10     Tinahely Architectural Conservation Area (ACA)

The extent of the Tinahely ACA is outlined on the attached Heritage Map. The character of the ACA is defined as follows:

The ACA contains an important and attractive townscape of well-proportioned stone built town houses, commercial and public buildings dating mainly from the 18th and early 19th centuries, built along the backdrop of the Derry River, at the junction of the Shillelagh-Wicklow and Hacketstown roads.

The character of the ACA is essentially formed by the combination of the traditional urban Irish streetscape of restrained frontages to residential and retail properties, with a number of notable administrative and substantial mill buildings. The traditional streetscape provides a foil to the Market House which is the most outstanding building in the town.

Market Square, with its Market House and Court House, Pound Lane, Barton Street, the milling area at the Derry and Tinahely Bridge comprise the main historic area of Tinahely. The buildings fronting onto Market Square are substantial with extensive outbuildings and lands to the rear. They comprise an important “set piece” of small town urban design and planning. Later additions also of importance are the terraced workers’ cottages on the Hackettstown Road and the Methodist Church and Manse. In general, the stone built structures of this period are a valuable non-renewable cultural resource that contributes strongly to the cultural identity of the town and merits treatment as a conservation area.

Other features of note, that contribute to the character of the ACA include:

  • Pound Lane Barton Street predominantly comprising well presented double fronted two-storey houses, mainly with classical detailing around doors and windows;
  • The present bank building, a former hotel, is a substantial double fronted five-bay property with a shop frontage inserted into one bay on the ground floor;
  • The old Constabulary, situated to the south-west of the Courthouse, with its rounded corner, provides an important stop to the south-west corner of the square. The recent insertion of a modern shopfront diminishes the corner;
  • Structures listed on the Record of Protected Structures;
  • Victorian style shopfronts.

It is important that the character of the town is not eroded by insensitive adaptations or remodelling of façades. 


  1. To extend plan boundary
  2. Zone lands measuring c.1.5ha (as shown in blue hatch below) land as ‘SLB Strategic Land Bank’

Land Use Map