Clare to receive €143,500 for heritage projects– Minister for Employment & Small Business Pat Breen.

May 2nd, 2017 - Pat Breen

New funding for Clare under the Structures at Risk Fund & the Built Heritage Investment Scheme

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has announced that heritage projects in Clare are to benefit from more than €143,000 in funding.

“New funding totalling €143,500 has been granted to Clare for heritage projects here,” said Minister Breen.

“Providing funding under these schemes is a commitment in Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Rural Development, ‘Realising Our Rural Potential’. This funding for Clare is part of an announcement by my colleague, Minister Heather Humphreys of €4.8 million for 569 heritage projects across the country.

“Through the “Structures at Risk Fund”, Clare will receive €31,000. This includes Ross House, Ross, O’Briensbridge; Mount Ievers Court, Sixmilebridge and Barntick House, Clarecastle, Co. Clare.

“Separately, Clare heritage projects will receive €112,500 through the “Built Heritage Investment Scheme”. The projects to benefit from this scheme include private and public structures including Murphy’s Public House, Market Square, Kilkee; Sykes House, West End, Kilkee; Carnelly House, Clarecastle; Mount Ievers Court, Sixmilebridge; E. Richardson, Main Street, Killaloe; St. Caimins Church, Mountshannon; Old Blacksmiths Cottage, Kilkishen; Barntick House, Barntick, Clarecastle; Glenard House, Manus, Clarecastle; Ross House, Ross, O’Briensbridge; Stamer Park, Francis Street; Besborough House, Killimer, Kilrush; O’Brien Monument, Liscannor; Glencairn House, Hermitage, Ennis; Manus House, Manusmore, Clarecastle and Clare Castle & Barracks, Clarecastle.”

“This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across Clare. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage and identity as a county, and maintaining and repairing them is a crucial part of the regeneration of our communities,” he said.

“The funding is also very important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Clare, with all the benefits that can bring.

“Nationally, it is expected the schemes will leverage more than €11 million in private funds. It is also important to note that the works on these protected structures will generate significant employment in the conservation and construction industries, which is good news for local job creation.”

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Heritage projects in every local authority area and every region across the country are set to benefit under these schemes. Full details of both schemes will be made available shortly.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme
Funding of €3.5 million is being provided for 502 heritage projects under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme for 2017. The scheme provides funding for protected buildings in private and public ownership. The funding being provided ranges from €2,500 to €10,000 per project.

Of the 500 projects considered, many were for places of worship and residential use. A number of applications were for the re-thatching of buildings of special interest. Local authorities assess applications from members of the public for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, and submit their recommended projects for approval by the Minister.

Structures at Risk Fund
Funding of €1.324 million is being provided to 67 heritage projects under the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) for 2017. The scheme provides funding for protected buildings in private and public ownership.

This year, historic houses were once again eligible to apply for funding under the scheme in accordance with the commitment in the Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of the Irish Historic House, which set out a roadmap of actions, including the broadening of funding sources for this specific area of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

Typical works to be funded under the scheme include roof repairs, structural consolidation and measures to ensure weather tightness.