Heritage funding boost for Clare communities

Heritage funding boost for Clare communities


kilrushClare County Council has welcomed the allocation of €32,000 to local projects under The Heritage Council’s 2015 Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme.

The ongoing search for and survey of the wreck of a Spanish Armada vessel off the coast of Quilty, a Village Development Strategy for Clarecastle, a study of the history of the iron industry in northeast Clare and a Heritage Audit of the Loop Head Peninsula are among the projects in receipt of funding from The Heritage Council.

“I am delighted that 13 separate community groups have been afforded the opportunity to enjoy, record, conserve, restore and celebrate the distinctive qualities of their local heritage, their community and their environment,” said Congella McGuire, Clare Heritage Officer.

“The work carried out on these projects in 2015 will complement the wonderful range of projects that have already been carried out on a voluntary basis by many communities throughout Clare over the past number of years,” she added.

The funding recipients in Clare are the Clare Archaeological and Historical Society (€4,000) for a window conservation project at Templemaley East; The Sliabh Aughty Furnace Project (€3,500) for the implementation of Conservation Management Plans; Burrenbeo Trust (€3,500) for Tenalach Trainers; Loop Head Tourism (€3,000) for the Loop Head Heritage Audit (Phase 2); Clarecastle Community Development Ltd. (€3,000) for the development of a Village Development Strategy; Ogonnelloe Community Heritage Project (€3,000) for Small Town Studio; and Kilkeedy Graveyard Conservation Group (€2,000) for conserving and managing Kilkeedy Church of Ireland historic graveyard.

Other funding projects include The San Marcos Project & Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd (€2,000); Kilrush Tidy Towns (€2,000) for the Kilrush Biodiversity Training and Action Plan; Moy Wood Conservation Actions (€2,000); Mountshannon Community Council (€1,800) for Images of Inis Cealtra; Martina Haugh Graveyard Artwork (€1,200) for mapping and interpretation on the Loop Head Peninsula; O’Briens Bridge Community Group (€1,000) for the repair and restoration of damaged riverside wall;

“We are delighted to see the Community Grants scheme return for 2015. It is a hugely popular initiative, and while we weren’t in a position to support all of the projects which applied, I am very pleased that almost 200 projects across the country are set to benefit. Many of these projects support rare and threatened aspects of our heritage and all of them tell a story,” commented Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman.

He continued: “These projects contribute to local economies, improve our tourism product and allow people to be involved and contribute to their places. As the Heritage Council celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year it is important to be able to continue to work in partnership with community organisations across Ireland and support the aspects of heritage they value. It is an approach that has been at the core of its thinking since it was first set up in 1995 and has delivered significant results with small amounts of funds”.

The Heritage Council is the statutory body charged with identifying, protecting, preserving and enhancing Ireland’s national heritage. National heritage includes Monuments, Archaeological objects, Heritage objects, Architectural heritage, Flora, Fauna, Wildlife habitats, Landscapes, Seascapes, Wrecks, Geology, Heritage gardens and parks, and Inland waterways.