€37k in heritage grants for seven local projects
Seven projects from across County Wicklow have received a total of €37,500 in financial support under this year's Heritage Council Grant Scheme.
The grant scheme – which was renewed this year after being discontinued in 2013 – will distribute €700,000 between 144 heritage management projects and 90 county heritage plan projects across the country, including seven in County Wicklow.
Among these will be organising a programme of free public events themed on Wicklow's Viking heritage to take place during the Wicklow Arts Festival from Saturday, May 24 – Sunday, May 25. This has been allocated €6,000.
The disused railway line between Woodenbridge and Shillelagh was also allocated funding – €1,000 – which will be put towards carrying out an audit of the built heritage features along the former route.
Another project (which received €18,000) will record and document the most geologically significant sites in County Wicklow, while a proposed fish-pass at Tuckmill Bridge (to assist migrating fish whose path is blocked by a bridge on the River Slaney in reaching their spawning grounds) has also received a grant worth €3,000.
€1,500 has been allocated to the preservation of St. Livinius Parish Church in Wicklow Town.
Meanwhile, the preparation of a conservation plan for the Sisters of the Holy Faith Convent in Greystones and an assessment of the antique carriage collection of the National Carriage Trust of Ireland were both given €4,000