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26 May 2022

Over €190,000 secured for Laois monument restoration projects

Over €160,000 has been secured for Laois monument projects

Over €190,000 in funding has been secured for Laois projects under the Community Monuments Fund. 

Minister Sean Fleming was pleased to confirm that a total of €190,540 funding has been granted for five Laois Projects under the Community Monuments Fund.

The main aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It has a number of funding streams aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to monuments and improve their presentation and also to build resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.

The funding was welcomed by Laois TD Charlie Flanagan, who said the core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites.

Welcoming the funding announcement, Deputy Flanagan stated:

"The remarkable impact and success of the Community Monuments Fund is a result of the close working relationship between the National Monuments Service and Local Authorities- the Archaeologists, Conservation Officers, Heritage Officers and planning and administrative staff and partnership with communities - showcasing their valuable role in protecting and promoting Ireland’s heritage. It is very important that such support is shown for our archaeological heritage.”

The projects being funded in the Laois local authority area are: €85,000 for Ballylynan Church & Graveyard (Rahin), €34,555 for Dysart Enos Church, Portlaoise, €12,093 for Baunaghra Church, south-west of Rathdowney,  €29,784 for Ballyadams Castle, north-west of Ballylinan and Clonreher Castle - €29,107.

Announcing the funding of €6 million to 128 projects nationwide, Minister Malcolm Noonan said it will help protect our wonderful archaeological heritage and make it more accessible to the many who cherish it. 

“These awards help us to deliver on various commitments under Heritage Ireland 2030, the new national heritage plan launched earlier this year. It will provide further supports for communities and custodians and the heritage sector, for archaeologists, conservation architects, stone masons, and other professional trades.

These projects will also help build resilience against extreme weather and mitigate the impacts of climate change, a priority action embedded in our Climate Adaptation Plan.” 

He commended the National Monuments Service for their effort in managing the scheme and councils who support in administering applications. : 

“I am particularly happy that we are helping to meet the ambition of local communities across Ireland in protecting their archaeological heritage,“ he remarked. 

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien said: "Our archaeological monuments provide a sense of place to rural communities, villages, towns and cities across the country. With my colleague, Minister of State Malcolm Noonan, TD, we have grown this Fund yet again from last year to have a real impact on communities and the monuments. The wide range of projects which have been included are testament to the rich history which surrounds us all.”

While Minister Peter Burke said: 

"The remarkable impact and success of the Community Monuments Fund is a result of the close working relationship between our Department’s National Monuments Service and Local Authorities- the Archaeologists, Conservation Officers, Heritage Officers and planning and administrative staff and partnership with communities- showcasing their valuable role in protecting and promoting Ireland’s heritage. On foot of this weeks’ celebration of heritage through the International Day for Monuments and Sites, otherwise known as World Heritage Day, it is really fitting that such support is shown for our archaeological heritage.”

  

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