Historic structures throughout county Wicklow are set to benefit from allocations under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund for 2017 announced this week by The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. In total 569 heritage projects nationwide will share in a €4.8 million investment package as part of the government’s commitment in “Realising Our Rural Potential: the Action Plan for Rural Development.”
County Wicklow is set to receive a total of €137,000 under the two schemes. Of this €67,800 is being made available to 10 projects under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and €70,000 to 3 projects under the Structures at Risk Fund.
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, welcomed the allocations stating: “Wicklow’s heritage buildings and protected structures contribute greatly to the vibrancy and character of our villages, towns and countryside. It is in all our interests that they are maintained and this funding will greatly assist owners in this regard.”
A wide range of properties in Wicklow will benefit from funding including residential homes, churches, monuments, shopfronts and historic houses.
Mr Bryan Doyle, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, added: “The Council is looking forward to working with property owners and managers in Wicklow to co-ordinate conservation works under the BHIS and SRF. The two schemes are expected to leverage significant additional private funds which in turn will generate employment in the conservation and construction industries.”
Ms Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council, commented: “County Wicklow has a rich and varied architectural heritage with over 700 properties on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) which are either of national, regional or local interest. The availability of grant support is key to ensuring the survival of these structures into the future.”
The following structures have been successful in receiving grant allocations following their applications to Wicklow County Council earlier this year: St. Saviours Church Arklow, Carnew Church Of Ireland, Russborough House, Wicklow Parish Church, St. Crispins Cell Greystones, St. Kevin’s Church Hollywood, The Cottage, Sea Road Arklow, Kilmurray Church Newtownmountkennedy, Valleymount Church, Shillelagh Parish Church, St. Michael’s Church Aghold, Christchurch Delgany, and Natures Gold in Killincarrig.