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Funding boost for archaeological sites in Wicklow

Seven archaeological sites in County Wicklow are set to benefit from a recent funding announcement under the Community Monuments Fund (CMF).

The following projects have been approved for a total funding allocation of €65,000 by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Housing under the CMF 2021:

  • Baltinglass Hillforts, an assessment of archaeological significance; Whitfield Graveyard access improvements
  • Wicklow Town Community Archaeology Initiative
  • Dunganstown Castle conservation advice
  • Kilbride archaeological investigations
  • Arklow Castle conservation report and the development of Conservation Management Plans for historic graveyards (Ballymacroghue, Mullinacuffe and Whitfield)

The CMF is co-ordinated by Wicklow County Council on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Housing. The core aims of this fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and archaeological sites.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, welcomed the announcement and stated: “Our archaeological heritage lies at the very heart of our communities in county Wicklow and this funding will go a long way to safeguarding it into the future.”

Cllr Edward Timmins also welcomed the news saying “

“It is great to see the announcement from the Minister for State for Heritage of a €2,000 grant  for the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex.This will cover producing a ‘Statement of Archaeological Significance’  by experts from University college Cork.

They already have done important work on the  site. This statement will be a further step on possible future UNESCO World Heritage Status for this unique landscape. I thank the heritage officer of Wicklow County Council, Deirdre Burns for her role in securing this funding.”

The successful projects for Wicklow encompass a wide range of archaeological heritage projects to protect archaeological heritage, make it more accessible and help to build resilience against extreme weather and the impacts of climate change – a key priority action in the Wicklow Climate Adaptation Plan.

For further information contact Deirdre Burns, Wicklow County Council Heritage Officer at wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie

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