Donegal projects shortlisted for architecture awards

written by Rachel McLaughlin June 9, 2022

Three regeneration and refurbishment projects in Donegal have been shortlisted for the 2022 RIAI Public Choice Awards.

The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative, Killybegs Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan and Saltpans Cottagein Rathmullan are both up for a public vote alongside 29 other plans.


Ramelton’s heritage-led action plan, prepared by Dedalus Architecture, involved the repair of twelve run-down or unused buildings in and around Castle Street, making a massive improvement in the appearance and future fortunes of the historic town core, on a shoestring budget. Working with the Ramelton Georgian Society, as community liaison, Donegal County Council, working with Dedalus Architecture demonstrated the potential for modest conservation and repair work at an urban scale to address regeneration inclusively, sustainably & cost-effectively.

Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative project

The Killybegs Regeneration Strategy And Action Plan, led by Pasparakis Friel Architects, proposes 11 projects across the town centre including enhancements to the town centre urban realm to create streets for people, business and the community, a river walk, a boardwalk along the coast, a weighbridge coffee house, reuse of part of the striking Auction Hall building as a craft beer brewery and enhancement of the northern arrival to the town through a Welcome Quarter and grand staircase to St Mary’s Church.

Also by Pasparakis Friel, Saltpans Cottgae is a refurbishment and extension of a traditional cottage. The new extension nestles within the confines of a wallsteaded courtyard.

Voting in the RIAI Awards is now open at:

All winners will be announced on 23 June by the RIAI President.