28 May 2022

Funding for Longford local monuments and historic sites

Funding for Longford local monuments and historic sites

Funding for Longford local monuments and historic sites

Funding of €110,922 has been announced today for two Longford local monuments and historic sites.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, announced the award of grants for archaeological heritage projects under the Department’s 2022 Community Monuments Fund.  

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The Longford projects awarded funding under the Community Monuments Fund are Abbeyshrule Abbey tower house €84,974.75 and Clondra Church ruin €25,947.50.  

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

It contains a number of different measures aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on archaeological monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to archaeological monuments and improving their presentation and also building resilience in archaeological monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.  

Minister Noonan said, “I am delighted to announce the Community Monuments Fund awards for 2022.  The increased funding we are announcing today of €6 million to 128 projects will help protect our wonderful archaeological heritage and make it more accessible to the many who cherish it. 

"These awards help us to deliver on various commitments under Heritage Ireland 2030, the new national heritage plan launched earlier this year. It will provide further supports for communities and custodians and the heritage sector, for archaeologists, conservation architects, stone masons, and other professional trades.

"These projects will also help build resilience against extreme weather and mitigate the impacts of climate change, a priority action embedded in our Climate Adaptation Plan.” 

Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke also welcomed the announcement, stating, "The remarkable impact and success of the Community Monuments Fund is a result of the close working relationship between our Department’s National Monuments Service and Local Authorities- the Archaeologists, Conservation Officers, Heritage Officers and planning and administrative staff and partnership with communities- showcasing their valuable role in protecting and promoting Ireland’s heritage. On foot of this weeks’ celebration of heritage through the International Day for Monuments and Sites, otherwise known as World Heritage Day, it is really fitting that such support is shown for our archaeological heritage.”

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