Funding for Wexford Community Monuments

By Dan Walsh

Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform at the Department of Justice and Equality, James Browne has welcomed the news that three Wexford monuments and historic sites will receive funding under the new Community Monuments Fund.

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

View from the pilgrimage site at OUR LADY’S ISLAND

Minister Browne told; “I am delighted that three Wexford sites have benefitted from the Community Monuments Fund. The funding will ensure that heritage is protected as a community asset and made more accessible. This measure will also allow steps to be taken under the Climate Change Action Plan in relation to our archaeological heritage.

“Wexford’s Norman Way Heritage Route boasts terrific potential. The southern coast of Wexford is brimming with medieval history. Lady’s Island’s historic monuments and the medieval church of St. Mary’s in Bannow will benefit from conservation work. Barntown Castle will benefit from improved public access because of this funding too”, Minister Browne concluded.

Two historic sites along Wexford’s Norman Way Heritage Route will receive funding dedicated to capital conservation works. St. Mary’s Church in Bannow will receive €18,756 while €12,467 has been awarded to the historic site of Lady’s Island. Meanwhile, Barntown Castle will receive funding amounting to €8,364, which will be dedicated to identifying conservation works and improving public access. 

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