Three Roscommon projects benefit from Structures at Risk Fund

Three heritage projects in Roscommon are among 57 nationwide to receive grants from the Government’s Structures at Risk Fund following an announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.

St. Thomas’ Church, Kilronan is set to receive €20,000, Knockranny House, Keadue has been awarded €7,575 and €5,000 has been designated to Hollywell House, Liberty Hill, Cortober.

The Structures at Risk Fund provides funding for works to safeguard structures, in private and public ownership, protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, and in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas. Typical works to be funded under the scheme include roof repairs, structural consolidation and measures to ensure weather tightness.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said “Support for our built heritage, is vital not only for the safekeeping of Ireland’s architectural heritage, it also helps to support employment in the conservation and construction industries. Investing in our heritage will also play a very important role in rural regeneration, which of course will be a priority area in my new expanded portfolio.

Earlier this week it was announced that six Groups throughout Roscommon were among 171 nationwide to receive funding under the 2016 Heritage Council Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme. Full details can be found here

Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed the announcement of €52,575 in funding for structures at risk in the Roscommon Galway region under the Structures at Risk Fund 2016.

Senator Hopkins said, “Minister Heather Humphries has advised me that St Thomas’s Church, Kilronan and the Presbyterian Church, Ballinasloe are each to receive €20,000. Knockranny House will receive €7,575 and Holywell House, Cortobber is to receive €5,000”

“Our region has a rich architectural heritage and it is vital that we seek to secure the future of our historic buildings. I also welcome the fact that the funding for these works will also create work for the highly skilled craftspeople based in our region.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “Fine Gael is determined to ensure the economic recovery is spread to all regions, supporting local employment through the protection of our built heritage is just one component of that objective.”