Community Monument Funding for County Wicklow

Archaeology in County Wicklow is set to receive a welcome boost following the recent announcement of over €150,000 in funding for seven Wicklow projects from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Community Monument Fund 2022.

The successful projects are as follows:

  • Arklow Castle repairs – €44,621
  • Mullinacuffe Historic Church ruins repairs – €14,954
  • Castlekevin, Roundwood conservation plan – €18,682
  • Baltinglass Hills Lidar Survey – €29,362
  • West Wicklow Medieval church and graveyards: geophysical survey and access improvements – €30,000
  • Castlekevin podcast production – €7,748
  • Abbey Lane, Arklow: research and interpretation – €7,072

The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund (CMF) is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites.

The Community Monument Fund is administered by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and managed by the National Monuments Service. In 2022 applications from Wicklow were submitted by private individuals, academics, the Roundwood & District Historical Society and Wicklow County Council.

There are a broad range of measures supported this year under the CMF, aimed at protecting and promoting archaeological monuments, including essential conservation works, masonry repair, the development of Conservation Management Plans, access infrastructure and installation of interpretation signage, and digital media projects aimed at disseminating knowledge of Wicklow’s archaeological heritage.

These awards help the Council to work in partnership with the Department to deliver on various commitments under Heritage Ireland 2030, the new national heritage plan launched earlier this year.

The CMF scheme provides supports for communities and custodians and also the heritage sector, for archaeologists, conservation architects, stone masons, and other professional trades. Overall, the projects will help build resilience in our archaeological heritage against extreme weather and mitigate the impacts of climate change, a priority action embedded in our Climate Adaptation Plan.

All queries to Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council at dburns@wicklowcoco.ie

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