Wednesday 21 February 2018

Historic houses and churches secure funds for vital repairs

The historic houses of Temple House and Coopershill House are among 15 heritage properties around the county set to benefit from almost €80,000 in Government funding for vital repairs.

Sligo/Leitrim Deputy Tony McLoughlin announced the funding last week under the Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.

"This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across county Sligo," said Deputy McLoughlin.

Under the Structures at Risk Fund, Cleveragh Lodge in Riverside, Sligo has been granted the largest amount at €30,000.

The Masonic Hall on The Mall secured €20,000, while Temple House in Ballymote secured €10,000 for repairs to their Billard Room.

Sligo properties which have secured funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme include Coopershill House, a former RIC Barracks in Aclare, St Aiden's Church, Monasteraden and the Masonic Hall again on the Mall.

The Yeats Memorial Building has been granted just over €4,000 for roof repairs while St Paul's Church COI, Collooney secured almost €9,000 for roof repairs.

Other properties include The Schoolhouse, Annaghmore, Water Wheel at Annagh Lodge and St Mary's Presbytery, Temple St, Sligo.

"These buildings are so important to our heritage and in terms of helping to attract visitors," said Deputy McLoughlin.

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