Queen Anne’s Tower at Blarney Castle is one of six heritage sites in Cork to benefit from the Historic Structures Fund. Photo: Christian Hess Araya

Funding granted for six heritage projects

The Government has announced that six heritage projects in Cork will receive major funding under this year’s Historic Structures Fund (HSF).

The Cork sites are amongst 85 heritage projects right across the country set to benefit from an overall fund of €3 million.

The announcement was made earlier this week by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan who said the fund will assist owners and custodians of historic and protected structures to repair and safeguard our built heritage.

• Queen Anne Tower, Blarney Castle - €50,000

• Garda Barracks, Elizabeth Fort - €50,000

• Saint John the Baptist Church, Friars Street, Kinsale - €30,000

• Carrignacurra Castle, Carrignacurra, Inchigeelagh - €50,000

• Myrtle Grove, Emmett Place, Youghal - €40,000

• John & Pat's, Granig, Minane Bridge - €10,000

In addition to supporting owners, the funding will provide a welcome boost to local construction and heritage trades by facilitating works with a total value of almost €9 million and leveraging an estimated 13,000 days’ labour.

The announcement follows that of €3 million in funding under the department’s other built heritage grant scheme, the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, by Minister Noonan earlier this month.

“These awards celebrate the richness and diversity of our built heritage and help to preserve our connections to past generations, in particular through their support of traditional building skills, which this Government is committed to investing in,” said the Minister.

All funded works under both schemes must be carried out in full compliance with Government and HSE guidance on Covid-19.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, said the funds would also help to bring many heritage buildings back into use.

“The awards announced today also have a welcome knock-on economic benefit by generating employment for heritage contractors and other skilled crafts and tradespeople across the country,” he said.

Nine larger projects awarded funding over two years under HSF 2020 will also be funded out of this year’s €3 million allocation.

For more information and to see a complete list of structures to receive funding in Ireland, please visit gov.ie.