Historic Laois buildings to share out €60,000

Leinster Express Reporter


Leinster Express Reporter

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Tennakill House home of the Lalor clan.

Historic buildings around Laois are set to share out €60,000 in public funds for repairs.

Laois TD and Minister Charlie Flanagan welcomed the money from the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019.

The Abbeyleix Old Church Demesne is getting €10,000 to tackle damp and carry out some lime rendering.

The Town Hall on Parnell Street Mountmellick is also getting €10,000 for external wall repairs.

St Paul's Church, French Church Street, Portarlington receives €10,000 for the repair and upgrade of historic windows.

A grant of €6,000 is going to cover thatching at the Thatched House Raheenahoran, The Heath.

The Tennakill House restoration project in Raheen, Mountrath receives €5,000 for the stabilisation of masonry. It is the subject of a big conservation project.

St Fintan's Church on the Square, Durrow is to benefit from €12,000 for roof repairs, structures and coverings including leadwork.

Finally a house at Oatlands Green Road, Ballyroan is getting €7,000 for interior structural repair and external joinery repairs.

“The funding is a really welcome boost for the built heritage of Co Laois,” said Minister Flanagan.

“The grants will support the owners and custodians of historic and protected structures as they carry out hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment.

“As well as preserving our local heritage which is so important in terms of regeneration of our communities, these projects also give a great boost for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction,” he said.

The Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht says the primary focus of the funding is on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public.

The funds are generally administered through the local authorities.