Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that heritage buildings in County Sligo will benefit from an allocation of €60,000 in 2019 under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).
€60,000 Allocated to Sligo’s Heritage Buildings
The funding will support the owners and custodians of historic and protected structures as they carry out small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. These projects provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction.
The grant scheme is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is administered by the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council. This year, the grants allocated in Sligo range from €2,000 to €10,000 per project and will be used for the conservation and renovation of all kinds of historic structures, from thatched cottages and churches, to country houses and community halls.
Minister Madigan said:
“I am delighted to announce these grant awards which will support the owners and custodians of our historic built environment. Our built heritage is at the historic heart of our communities. It stands sentinel to our past and, when cared for, inspiration to our future. Investing in our heritage buildings is good for the individual properties concerned, and it also provides a real boost to local communities and supports jobs in traditional building skills, conservation and tourism. It instils civic and community pride and invigorates by renewing our past.
Today’s investment will play an important role in helping communities to regenerate the areas where they live and work, and ensuring that this important part of our cultural heritage is kept alive and safe as part of our generation’s legacy for the future”.
Minister Madigan continued:
“I would like to thank the local authorities for their work in administering the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, which has such a positive impact on protected structures across the country. I would also like to acknowledge the response of private owners and their willingness to invest their time and money in caring for our built heritage.”
Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Martin Baker welcomed the funding announcement for a number of heritage buildings across the county, saying that
‘It is great to see investment for heritage buildings in Sligo, many of which are at the heart of our towns and villages and are used and managed by local communities’.
Councillor Seamus Kilgannon, Chair of Sligo Heritage Forum added that
‘When we invest in heritage, we are investing in our local communities, valuing our sense of place and, strengthening the public realm of our towns and villages. Investment in our historic built environment strengthens Sligo and makes it an attractive place in which to live, work and visit’.
Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019 (BHIS) Grant Allocations for County Sligo
|Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo||€2,000.00|
|Church of the Sacred Heart, Lavagh, Co. Sligo||€5,000.00|
|Cooper Memorial Hall, Riverstown, Co. Sligo||€2,000.00|
|Hazelwood House, Hazelwood Avenue, Sligo, F91 N2AO||€7,500.00|
|Church of St. Fechin and St. Lassara (RC), Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo||€3,000.00|
|St. Aiden's Church RC, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo||€3,000.00|
|St. Annes Church, Cranmore Road, Sligo||€6,500.00|
|Kiltycahill Cottage, Kiltycahill, Co. Sligo||€3,000.00|
|The Blue Door, Toberpatrick, Dromard, Co. Sligo||€4,000.00|
|Mount Shannon House, Bundoran Road, Sligo, Co. Sligo||€3,000.00|
|No's 79, 80 & 81 John Street, Sligo||€10,000.00|
|Doobeg House, Doobeg, Bunninadden, Co. Sligo||€5,000.00|
|Former RIC Barracks, Aclare, Co. Sligo||€3,000.00|
|Millview House, Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown, Co. Sligo||€3,000.00|