€79,000 funding for 14 historical projects

BALLYHACK CASTLE A familiar sight for travellers using the passenger ferry service between Ballyhack and Passage across the Barrow estuary.

€79,000 in funding has been allocated for 14 County Wexford projects under the Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019.
A total of 478 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a combined €4.3 million under this year’s Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and in Wexford, the fund will benefit 14 projects in total.
Under the first scheme , €32,000 will be set aside to repair windows on Pugin Chapel of St Peters College.
And the other projects to benefit under the second scheme are as follows:
– An Teach Oileán, Crossfarngoe, Kilmore Quay: €4,000
– Hyde Park, Inch, Gorey, : €3,000.
– Mill House, Raheenduff, Foulksmills: €6,000.
– Thatched House, Clonamona, Craanford, Gorey: €4,000.
– Sutton Cottage, Ballysheen, Broadway: €3,000.
– St. Mary’s Church, Church St., New Ross: €14,000.
– Robinstown House, Clonroche: €6,000.
– Ballysampson House, Ballysampson, Tagoat: €5,000.
– Ballymore House, Screen, Enniscorthy: €5,000.
– Thatch Cottage at Barnahask, Curracloe: €5,000.
– Castleboro House, Castleboro Demesne, Enniscorthy: €8,000.
– Cliff Cottage, Cullenstown, Duncormick: €8,000.
– St. Colmans Catholic Church, Ballindaggin: €5,000.
– St. Iberius Church, Main St., Wexford: €4,000.

Minister Michael D’Arcy said: “The funding, which is provided by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and administered by Wexford County Council is a really welcome boost for the built heritage of County Wexford.
“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.
“These schemes are funded invest in hundreds of projects each year in urban and rural areas the country. This year, the grants range from €2,500 to €200,000 per project and will be used for the conservation and renovation of all kinds of historic structures, from thatched cottages to bridges and mills, a 12th-century leper hospital, historic shop fronts cathedrals, castles and libraries.” Minister D’Arcy concluded.
The Historic Structures Fund (HSF), formerly the Structures at Risk Fund, was announced by the Minister in November 2018 and supports the conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings to ensure their preservation and continued use for the benefit of communities and the public.

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