€159,000 in­vested in her­itage build­ings around the county

Wexford People - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

WEX­FORD County Coun­cil paid out €44,803.20 in grant aid to three ‘at risk’ struc­tures from its Struc­tures at Risk (SAR) fund through­out last year on top of grant aid to­talling €49,838.25 to seven other projects un­der the Built Her­itage In­vest­ment (BHI) scheme.

The grants, along with match­ing in­vest­ment from the own­ers of the build­ings in the BHI scheme, meant €159,0005.91 was in­vested in his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant struc­tures through­out the county in 2018.

St Iberius Church in Wex­ford town re­ceived a grant of €14,803.20 for the re­moval, re­pair and re­in­state­ment of win­dows, in­clud­ing caulk­ing of the win­dows with lime mor­tar, with the to­tal ex­pen­di­ture on the work amount­ing to €18,504.

The sec­ond struc­tures to re­ceive grant aid were the Saun­der­scourt gatelodges, which were given €15,000 to­wards over­all to­tal ex­pen­di­ture of €20,960.

The money was used to re­pair the sus­pended floors in both pavil­lions at the site which, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the CEO of Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Tom En­right, ‘were not safe un­der­foot’.

Ivy was also re­moved from the struc­ture as it had been in­ter­fer­ing with ar­eas of ma­sonry.

Mr En­right’s re­port said gal­vanised steel brack­ets will be used in the wall sock­ets of the build­ing while his­toric join­ery was re­moved and stored for con­ser­va­tion.

The third build­ing to re­ceive grant aid un­der the Struc­tures at Risk fund was Ballysamp­son House in Tagoat, which was given a grant of €15,000 that was put to­wards on­go­ing work to pre­vent de­cay of the house.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr En­right’s re­port ‘the scud coat lime plas­ter of the earth walling had to be com­pleted’ to en­sure it didn’t de­te­ri­o­rate any fur­ther. The over­all cost of the work was €18,196.

Mean­while un­der the Built Her­itage In­vest­ment Scheme 2018, €114,202.71 - in­clud­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity fund­ing of €49,838.25 - was spent on seven projects through­out the county. The re­main­der of the money, €63,749.57, was pro­vided by matched fund­ing from the prop­er­ties’ own­ers.

The grants al­lo­cated to the seven build­ings in­cluded: the Fiary Church, Wex­ford (€9,500); Porter’s Lodge, Castle­boro House (€9,000); 9 Cas­tle Street, En­nis­cor­thy (€4,500); Hyde Park, Inch, Gorey (€5,500); Rosegar­land House, Welling­ton­bridge (€6,000); Corn­mill, Foulksmills (€9,500) and Robin­stown House, Clon­roche (€5,838).

Work on the Fri­ary church in­cluded re­pair­ing the dec­o­ra­tive paint fea­ture on the ceil­ing be­neath the or­gan gallery floor to pre­vent the ceil­ing – which was re­placed – from col­laps­ing.

Re­pairs to the roof at Porter’s Lodge were car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the orig­i­nal de­sign in ad­di­tion to the re­in­state­ment of col­lapsed gran­ite para­pet coin stones.

Re­pairs were car­ried out to the roof of 9 Cas­tle Street, En­nis­cor­thy, while the work at Hyde Park, in Inch, in­volved ‘es­sen­tial restora­tion’ of a French win­dow in ad­di­tion to in­ter­nal re­pairs.

The fund­ing was used to carry out re­pair work and con­ser­va­tion of a dou­ble-door and two large dou­ble case­ments at the back en­trance of Rosegar­land House and at Robin­stown House work was car­ried out to re­pair the back stairs, main stair­case, win­dow shut­ters and lin­ing to a rear win­dow on the land­ing of the main stair­case as well as other in­ter­nal wall re­pairs.

Es­sen­tial works to the wa­ter wheel at the Corn­mill in Foulksmills were also car­ried out.

The Foulksmills corn­mill.

The Saun­der­scourt gate lodges in Cross­abeg.

Ballysamp­son House in Tagoat.

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