€95,000 cash injection for county's heritage buildings
Heritage buildings across Wexford are set to receive a cash boost of €95,000.
The funding is part of the Structures at Risk Fund for this year and is part of a €4.8 million investment package under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund for 2018.
Under the Structures at Risk funding St Iberius Church, Ballysampson House and Saunderscourt Gate Lodges will each receive €15,000.
The money for St Iberius Church which is located in Wexford town is for the removal, repair and reinstatement of windows while the money for Ballysampson House in Tagoat is to secure the building and prevent further decay.
The money earmarked for Saunderscourt Gate Lodges in Crossabeg is to repair the floor as well as masonry and window joinery and to treat ivy growth.
A further €50,000 has been allocated to eight projects across the county under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.
The Friary Church in Wexford town received €9,500 for roof repairs while Cornmill, Raheenduff, Foulksmlls received €9,500 for external fixture repairs.
Robinstown House in Clonroche will receive €6,000 for interior structural repairs while Rosegarland House in Wellingtonbridge is also set to receive €6,000 which is to be used for the restoration of windows.
Hyde Park, Inch in Gorey will receive €5,500 for interior decorative repairs while St Peter and St Paul's Church in Kilanerin is to receive €4,500 for the replacement of outdated services.
Castleboro House, Castleboro Demense in Wexford has been allocated €4,500 for the reinstatement of architectural features and Siopa Brog, 9 Castle St, Enniscorthy receives €4,500 for roof repair, structures are coverings including leadwork.
Announcing the Structures at Risk funding Minister Josepha Madigan said: 'Heritage buildings and protected structures are at the historic heart of our communities. Investing in our built heritage is not just good for the individual properties concerned, but can also provide a real boost to local communities and support jobs in traditional building skills, conservation and tourism. This type of investment also plays an important role in supporting communities to regenerate the area where they live and work.'
Speaking about the Built Heritage Investment Scheme Minister Madigan said: 'This investment will support the owners and custodians of protected structures in every local authority area across the country as they carry out small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. The projects will improve the appearance and condition of heritage buildings and will also support local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction.
'Historic buildings are important to communities who have a great sense of pride in their built heritage. These grants will help to regenerate towns and rural areas and will come as a welcome boost to those charged with looking after our heritage properties.
'Our heritage is a vital part of our cultural landscape. I am delighted to be able to continue our investment in protecting it for the future.'