By William O’ Toole
St Saviour’s Church in Arklow, the Old Abbey in Wicklow town and Russborough House are just three of the historic buildings around Wicklow that will receive government funding later this year.
€119,000 has been allocated for a total of 12 buildings around the county in need of repair.
The buildings, which are all protected structures, date from the 17th and 18th century.
The funding will come from the Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme, which will be funded through the sale of the National Lottery.
Local TD Andrew Doyle said the repair works will “help secure some of our most important buildings for generations to come” while giving a boost to local tradespeople who are in search of work.
“This scheme is the most significant investment in protected buildings since 2008,” Deputy Doyle said. “By requiring each project to match taxpayer funding with private sector funding, it is expected up to €16 million in private funding will be unlocked, showing how historic buildings can provide a real benefit in terms of job creation in local areas.”
The full list of the buildings to receive funding: Ryecroft House, Bray. The Corner House, Newtown. Derralossary Church, Ballinacorbeg. Donard Church. St. Brigits Church, Macreddin. St.Saviours Church, Arklow. Old Abbey, Wicklow Town. Russborough House. Duncairn Terrace, Bray. Oaklawn House, Newcastle. Wicklow Parish Church of Ireland, Wicklow Town. Ballyarthur House, Arklow.