Heritage buildings set to receive cash boost
St Iberius Church in Wexford is set to receive €30,000 to help protect the building.
The funding is part of the Structures at Risk Fund for this year and is part of a €4.8 million investment package under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund for 2017.
Rev Arthur Minion said the money will be used to help fund the works needed to address the problem of water ingress into the church. He said that water is getting through cracks in the exterior concrete walls and gathering within the walls. This is in turn seeping through into the interior walls causing the interior plaster to breakdown which is causing damp and discolouration of the walls.
Fourteen other projects across Wexford are to receive funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the total amount being invested in Wexford is €111,800.
Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme Peg Murphy's Cottage in Milltown, Tagoat is to receive €10,000 for thatching; The Bridge House in Clonegal is to receive €10,000 for window, doors and wall repair and the replacement of a damaged beam; Hyde Park House, Inch is to receive €8,300 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings; Whitefort in Crossabeg is to receive €8,300 for thatching; Porter's Lodge, Stuart's House in Ardcandrisk, Barntown is to receive €7,600 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings, the repair or replacement of rainwater goods, the mitigation of damp and roof repair including leadwork; Kilinierin Parochial House is to receive €7,500 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings, the repair or replacement of rainwater goods, mitigation of damp, energy efficiency improvements and the installation of suspended timber floors; The Cottage, Nemestown, Kilmore Quay is to receive €7,500 for the interior structural repair, roof repair and lime rendering; Castleboro Demense is to receive €7,500 for lime rendering and the stabilisation of masonry; House at the Deep, Crossabeg is to receive €7,100 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings and for the repair or replacement of rainwater goods; Ballysampson House in Tagoat is to receive €5,700 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings; Merrythought House in Templeshannon is to receive €5,500 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings; Robinstown House in Clonroche is to receive €5,000 for draught proofing of windows, doors and other openings; Rosegarland House in Wellingtonbridge is to receive €4,800 for draught proofing of doors, windows and other openings; Reserve Kilcarbry Mill in Enniscorthy is to receive €4,000 for the stabilisation of masonry.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund allows for the conservation and repair of protected structures across the country. The two schemes follow the same model as the very successful 2016 schemes. It is expected the schemes will leverage more than €11 million in private funds and will generate significant employment in the conservation and construction industries.
Welcoming the funding, Minister Kehoe said: 'Ireland's heritage buildings and protected structures are a vital part of the infrastructure of our villages, towns, and cities including our national economy. As the success of the 2016 schemes illustrates, investing in our built heritage is not just good for the individual properties concerned, but can also provide a real boost to job creation in the construction, conservation and tourism sectors. Investing in our heritage will also play a very important role in rural regeneration, which is a priority area for this Government.'