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Conservation funding announced for 24 historic structures

Almost a quarter of million euro has been allocated for the conservation of historic buildings and landmarks around Galway.

Galway will receive €246,000 for 24 conservation projects in the city and county under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund.

Five buildings of importance to Galway’s heritage have been allocated €90,000 under the HSF for work at Bohermore Cemetery, the thatch cottage at Murrough, Lough Cutra Castle in Gort and Duras House and St. Coman’s Church in Loughrea.

While €156,000 from the BHIS will go towards work on 19 projects like St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, the Presentation Convent, the Poor Clares’ Convent and Silkes on William Street West in the city as well as the Presbyterian Church and College House in Ballinasloe and other buildings in An Spideal, Maree, Oranmore, Athenry, among other locations.

Galway West TD Seán Kyne said that the places being protected under these schemes are “highly visible aspects of our heritage that have shaped and continue to shape our communities.”

“As well as protecting and conserving these buildings for future generations the funding will also leverage private investment and boost local, highly-specialised sectors,” he added.

Historic Structures Fund

Galway City CouncilBohermore Cemetery      Catholic Máortuary Chapel; Catholic Chapel, Church of Ireland Chapel; Caretakers lodges.€15,000
Galway City CouncilThatch Cottage, Murrough Park, Renmore (Repair Thatch)€15,000
Galway County CouncilDuras House and Walled Garden, Kinvara (Repairs to house and garden)€15,000
Galway County CouncilLough Cutra Castle, Gort (Stabilisation of masonry terracing)€30,000
Galway County CouncilSt. Coman’s Church, Kinvara (Stabilisation of masonry)€15,000


Built Heritage Investment Scheme

Galway City CouncilPresentation Convent, Galway City(Historic window conservation/protection)€11,000
Galway City CouncilSt. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church(External fixture repair)€12,000 
Galway City CouncilMenlo Cottage(Thatching)€14,000
Galway City CouncilThe Mechanics Institute, Middle Street(Chimney Repair)€10,000
Galway City CouncilEly Place, Sea Road(Rainwater goods repair/replacements & railings repair€7,000
Galway City CouncilSt. Ignatius Church, Sea Road(Rainwater goods repair/replacement & external wall repair€10,000
Galway City CouncilSilkes, William Street West(Historic window conservation/protection)€5,000
Galway City CouncilPoor Clares’ Convent, Nun’s Island(External wall repairs/Orchard garden walls€8,000
Galway County CouncilPark Cottage, The Mall, Eyrecourt(External joinery repair)€4,000
Galway County CouncilThe Demesne, Mountbellew(Stabilisation of masonry)€7,500
Galway County CouncilPresbyterian Church, Ballinasloe(Roof repair, structures and coverings)€8,000
Galway County CouncilGatelodge, Castlegrove, Tuam(Roof repair, structures and coverings)€5,000
Galway County CouncilKirra Cottage, Kilchreest(Thatching)€10,000
Galway County CouncilThatch, Oranhill, Oranmore(Thatching)€8,000
Galway County CouncilCollege House, The Pines, Ballinasloe(Roof repair, structures and coverings)€10,000
Galway County CouncilCoach House, Spiddal House(Roof repair, structures and coverings)€8,000
Galway County CouncilTombstone, Ballynacourty, Maree(Stabilisation of masonry)€2,500
Galway County CouncilCross St., Athenry(Roof repair, structures and coverings)€8,000
Galway County CouncilKeane Cottage, Belclare(Thatching)€8,000

These funds are operated by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and support the conservation and preservation of historically significant buildings and structures.

Briain Kelly
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