A series of information panels celebrating the industrial, built and natural heritage of Portlaw was unveiled to a large attendance in Malcolmson’s Square were unveiled on Saturday 19th March 2011. The information panels were commissioned by Waterford Co. Council in conjunction with the Portlaw Heritage Committee and co-funded by the Heritage Council as part of Co. Waterford’s Heritage Plan work programme. Attending the launch were Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Ger Barron, Deputy Paudie Coffey, Fr. Ned Hassett and Reverend George Cliffe. The heritage information panels will greatly add to the amenity and heritage interest of the town.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Ger Barron stated “These panels remind us of the wealth of heritage contained in archaeological sites and buildings within Portlaw and in the wider area. When you consider the presence of the 8th century Kilbunny Church, the medieval Rocketts Castle, Currraghmore Demesne and the industrial buildings and large houses associated with the Malcomsons you cannot but be impressed and it is only right that this heritage is publicly celebrated by a project such as this. It reminds of us of why we should have pride in Portlaw and also will serve to make a visitor’s trip to the town more interesting.” He formally unveiled the heritage panel in Malcomson Square with the oldest resident of Portlaw, Mr. Maurice Nugent.
Cllr. Barron thanked all those involved in the production of the signs including the Portlaw Heritage Committee, Heritage and Irish Officers with Waterford County Council, Bernadette Guest and Máire Seo Breathnach, Red Heaven Design, Lismore who designed the artwork, local photographer Sean O’Brien, area engineer Ken Walsh and the Heritage Council for their funding support for the project.
The Mayor went on to say “The panels will complement the ongoing work of the Portlaw Heritage Committee and the Heritage Centre and I encourage you to visit the Centre and spread the word amongst your family and friends on why they should visit the area.”