His­toric build­ings to re­ceive al­most €75,000 for works

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

AL­MOST €75,000 has been al­lo­cated to pro­tect­ing and con­serv­ing a num­ber of Co Wick­low build­ings un­der two Govern­ment schemes.

Seven Gar­den County projects will share €50,000 un­der the Built Her­itage In­vest­ment Scheme, which pro­vides fund­ing for the re­pair and con­ser­va­tion of his­toric struc­tures in both pri­vate and pub­lic own­er­ship.

The seven suc­cess­ful Wick­low projects are: St Saviour’s Church in Rath­drum, which has been awarded €10,000; Russ­bor­ough House in Bless­ing­ton, which has been awarded €10,000; Enav­ille, a house on Kil­mantin Hill in Wick­low town, which is to re­ceive €8,500; the old RIC Bar­racks in Laragh, which has been granted €7,000; The Cor­ner House in New­town­mounkennedy, which has been awarded €7,000; Christ Church in Del­gany, which will re­ceive €5,000; and Hol­ly­wood Church, which has been granted €2,500 for work on its bound­ary walls.

Sep­a­rately, €24,000 has been al­lo­cated to two Co Wick­low projects un­der the Struc­tures at Risk Fund, which sup­ports con­ver­sa­tion works to his­toric struc­tures (in both pri­vate and pub­lic own­er­ship) which are at sig­nif­i­cant risk of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. The fund also en­cour­ages the re­gen­er­a­tion and re­suse of her­itage prop­er­ties and helps to se­cure pro­tected struc­tures which might oth­er­wise be lost.

Ball­yarthur House near Ark­low has been awarded €15,000 through this fund, while Russ­bor­ough House in Bless­ing­ton was granted €9,000.

In to­tal, 370 struc­tures around the coun­try will share €2 mil­lion in fund­ing un­der the Built Her­itage In­vest­ment Scheme and the suc­cess­ful projects in­clude re-thatch­ing of build­ings and re­pairs to fol­lies, cathe­drals, mills and forges.

In ac­cor­dance with the Govern­ment’s com­mit­ments un­der the Ac­tion Plan for the Sus­tain­able Fu­ture of the Ir­ish His­toric House, a por­tion of fund­ing un­der the Struc­tures at Risk Fund was re­served for his­toric houses in pri­vate own­er­ship, and ten projects will be sup­ported un­der this el­e­ment of the scheme.

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