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Slaney Street Historic Towns Initiative gets positive reaction from Enniscorthy councillors

Call to seek funding for other parts of town

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Michael Tierney(Conservation Architec), Connie and Eamon Murphy (National Gates & Joinery), Catherine O'Loughlin (Herritage Officer), Jim Kavanagh (Architectural Technician) and Dervla Tierney (Re-imagining Enniscorthy).

Michael Tierney(Conservation Architec), Connie and Eamon Murphy (National Gates & Joinery), Catherine O'Loughlin (Herritage Officer), Jim Kavanagh (Architectural Technician) and Dervla Tierney (Re-imagining Enniscorthy).

St. Mary's CBS students looking at work being done on Slaney Street.

St. Mary's CBS students looking at work being done on Slaney Street.

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Michael Tierney(Conservation Architec), Connie and Eamon Murphy (National Gates & Joinery), Catherine O'Loughlin (Herritage Officer), Jim Kavanagh (Architectural Technician) and Dervla Tierney (Re-imagining Enniscorthy).

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WORK that’s ongoing in the Slaney Street area of Enniscorthy received a favourable reaction in the council chamber last week.

At the monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District the members were presented with a report on the work to-date from acting District Manager, Bernie Quigley.

The work is being done as part of the Historic Towns Initiative and Ms Quigley said it’s progressing well.

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to provide design of the project work requirements,” she said.

"Michael Tierney, conservation architect, has been procured to supervise the conservation works element,” she added.

The members were also told that National Gates are working under contract on the repair and replacement of over 60 timber sash windows for 11 separate vacant buildings or protected buildings.

The councillors were also told that Turner and Whelan are contracted to paint 20 premises on the street.

“Public Realm works include replacement of public lights, bollards, railings, litter bins,

gutters and downpipes, and tidying up electrical cables on street elevation,” said Ms Quigley, in a report presented to the members.

She also said that while the vast majority of the works will be completed in the next few weeks access to some of the retail business premises is restricted before Christmas, during the busiest sales period in the year.

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan asked if there will be further works to be done in Slaney Street once the current programme is completed.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy proposed that the local authority look at trying to get the Historic Towns Initiative grant again and highlighted that it had made a “huge difference” in Slaney Street.

"I believe other towns in other counties that got that grant in year one got it again in year two for another area if they were successful and I propose that we look for that grant again for another part of Enniscorthy,” she said.

"We have a very active working group here and they are making such a difference and I think we should really go after it because we have a town we could be selling to anybody and we should be very proud of it,” she added.

"I think we should go and see can we get the equivalent again and make the difference in another part of the town.”

Cllr Aidan Browne agreed with his colleague’s remarks.

Senior Executive Engineer, Tadhg O’Corcora, told the members that the Historic Towns Initiative is grant aided to €189,000 from the Heritage Council and they provide 80 per cent of the funding for that work.

"Those works have to be finished in mid-November and we’re completing that now very shortly,” said Mr O’Corcora.

"The funding from the council and locals, there is some works that can’t be completed this year because it's a very busy period for shops and that will be completed straight away after Christmas,” he added.

He said the local authority has to spend the historic towns grant before the end of the month but added there is around 10 per cent “in the kitty” to finish off the works after Christmas.

Mr O’Corcora said the local authority is looking at other areas of the town that require some works.

"Slaney Street has probably had its chance and there was great participation there with 20 houses coming on board and other premises did their own work as well,” he said.

He also spoke to the conversation officer and the members of the committee to be looking at another area and Mr O’Corcora said other counties did get grants on the second round.

Cllr Codd-Nolan then commented: “So that confirms there is be no further work planned for Slaney Street."

Acting Director of Services, Carolyne Godkin, said the scheme worked out really well and the participation of 20 premises owners was encouraging.

She also said that such participation in any such scheme is “the really important bit”.

"That worked out really well for us in that particular scheme this year,” she said.


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