5th April 2018 – Senator Martin Conway
A total of €82,000 in funding has been allocated to Clare to support local heritage projects, a Fine Gael senator has said.
The funding was announced by The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, under the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018.
Senator Conway said: “New funding totalling €82,000 has been granted to Clare for heritage projects here.
This funding for Clare is part of an announcement by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister Josepha Madigan of €3.3 million for 446 heritage projects across the country.
“Through the Structures at Risk Fund, Clare will receive €32,000. This includes €17,000 for structural repair work to the Vandeleur Mausoleum, Churchyard, Grace Street, Kilrush and €15,000 for repairs to the conservatory, windows and rainwater disposal to Maiville House, Lisdoonvarna.
“Separately, 16 Clare heritage projects will receive €50,000 through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.
“This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across Clare. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage. Maintaining and repairing these monuments help communities preserve their cultural identity and give people a sense of pride of place.
“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.”
Announcing the funding Minister Madigan said: “Historic buildings are important to communities who have a great sense of pride in their built heritage. These grants will help to regenerate towns and rural areas and will come as a welcome boost to those charged with looking after our heritage properties.
“Our heritage is a vital part of our cultural landscape. I am delighted to be able to continue our investment in protecting it for the future.”