The Heritage Council and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys have today announced funding for a number of heritage projects in County Donegal under its 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme.
A total of 196 heritage projects nationwide have been awarded funding under the scheme, which supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups.
Funding of €800,000 has been offered through the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and 429 projects across the country applied for funding.
Michael Parsons, Heritage Council Acting Chair, commented, “the Community Grants Scheme continues to be a hugely popular initiative, and while we weren’t able to support all of the projects which applied, I am very pleased that so many projects across the country will benefit from support. These projects contribute to local economies, improve our tourism product and give people the opportunity to contribute to their local community. In addition they help keep important parts of our Heritage alive.”
Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said, “I am delighted that my Department is in a position to support these very worthwhile schemes which provide a boost to heritage groups and projects around the country. This round of funding focuses on community projects and events that make it easy for members of the public to learn about our heritage during National Heritage Week, as well as a diverse number of cultural projects and ongoing support for our vernacular thatched buildings.
“I am a great believer in the importance of supporting local heritage projects, which play such an important role in community life in every county nationwide. I would like to commend the communities which have been successful in securing funding; it’s a competitive process and being selected is a clear reflection of a top quality project. Through the Action Plan for Rural Development, I will be prioritising increased funding for heritage projects which have such a positive and tangible impact on our rural towns and villages.”
The Community Heritage Grant Scheme supports projects that promote an appreciation and enjoyment of heritage and make a lasting difference to heritage, people and communities.
An example of the projects that have received funding in County Donegal include,
– Sraith na Cille – 1. Preserve and protect “Sraith na Cille” for generations to come 2: Uncover the ‘Story’ of the site and highlight it’s significance at local and national level 3: Develop it as a tourism offering. Applicant – Forbairt Dhún Lúiche. Amount Awarded – €1500
– Conservation of Templecrone Church – The aim of this project is the conservation of the 12th century Templecrone Church. Work is needed to stabilise the walls and gables as well as the fragile slate gravestones. Applicant – Maghery Heritage Group. Amount Awarded – €8000
– St. Catherine’s Church Conservation Project – The St Catherine’s Church Restoration Project main goal is the conservation of the medieval church of St Catherine’s in Killybegs. The project has been ongoing for fifteen years. Applicant – Killybegs History & Heritage Committee. Amount Awarded – €9000
– Women in Inishowen Heritage and Folklore – To raise awareness of the unique and pivotal role of female historians and folklore archivists in the documentation of the heritage of Inishowen. Applicant – Lands of Eogain. Amount Awarded €2000
– Conservation measures for the archaeological complex of Disert, Co. Donegal, 2017 – The aim of this year’s project is to undertake some of the specific actions identified in the 2016 Conservation Management Plan for the archaeological complex at Disert, Co. Donegal. Applicant – Institute of Technology Sligo/Disert Heritage Group. Amount Awarded – €5000
– Traditional Building skills in Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter – Aim of project is to revive the traditional building skills in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter whilst at the same time carrying out essential repairs needed which were highlighted in Conservation Plan. Applicant – Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter CLG. Amount Awarded – €4500
– Dunfanaghy Wildlife Information Project – To identify local biodiversity and renew existing wildlife signage. This will help raise awareness of local biodiversity and foster a desire within the community to protect local species and habitats. Applicant – Dunfanaghy Tidy Towns. Amount Awarded – €2500
– Conservation Works to Rathmullan Abbey – Implement conservation repairs as identified in the updated Conservation Report attached, to extent of budgetary allowance. Install gates to Abbey entrances, for H&S. Applicant – Donegal County Council. Amount Awarded – €10000
– Tory Island Breeding Bird Project – To survey key breeding bird populations on the island and continue established management agreements for Corncrake. Applicant – BirdWatch Ireland. Amount Awarded – €4000
– Kilbarron Castle – The Next Steps – The aim is to complete the conservation of the hourglass wall at Kilbarron Castle to a high standard & undertake a geophysical survey of the site & topographical survey of an area outside the castle. Applicant – Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group. Amount Awarded – €6000Tags: