Friday 18 April 2014

Heritage campaigner Kevin B Nowlan dies

TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the champions of Ireland's architectural heritage, Kevin B Nowlan, pictured, who has died in Dublin following a short illness at the age of 91.

He campaigned tirelessly to protect Dublin's heritage and urged young people to join organisations and groups dedicated to saving what was left of Ireland's cultural inheritance.

A former professor of Irish history at UCD, he was president of Dublin Civic Trust, vice-president of the Irish Georgian Society and was past president of An Taisce.

Mr Nowlan was chairman of the Castletown Foundation, set up to continue the work of restoration of Castletown House in Co Kildare and was a director of the Alfred Beit Foundation, which owns Russborough in Co Wicklow.

Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Deenihan said: "Professor Nowlan worked ardently for the preservation of our heritage.

"I found his enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge, along with his archaeological expertise, hugely impressive."

Irish Independent

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