In 2018, Laois County Council was successful in obtaining funding from the Heritage Council under the Historic Towns Initiative. The project funded will see the transformation of Fort Protector and Fitzmaurice Place at the historic core of the town, over several phases.
The first phase of works focussed on Fitzmaurice Place, creating a high quality public space, with pollinator friendly planting, and conserving the walls of the 16th Century Fort Protector. Phase I of the project is now complete, and the second phase has started. This will see the extension of public realm improvements and masonry conservation up Tower Hill and around into Railway Street.
This project received funding under the Historic Towns Initiative 2018 which is a partnership between the Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It also received funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, a flagship element of Project Ireland 2040.