By Dan Walsh
Ministerof State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, announced that 477 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a total of €3m under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).
Fourteen projects across County Wexford will share funding of €94,800. Minister Noonan said: “In addition to supporting owners and custodians of historic and protected structures to safeguard and maintain their properties, this funding will also provide a welcome boost to local construction and heritage trades by facilitating works with a total value of over €15.5m and leveraging an estimated 19,000 days’ labour.”
THE WEXFORD LIST IS AS FOLLOWS;
Ballysampson House, Tagoat (stablisation of masonry) €6,500.
Orristown, Killinick (Thatching) €5,300.
Ballinahown House, Oulart (Stabilisation of masonry) €6,750.
Medders Manor, Barnahask, Curracloe (Lime rendering) €8,000.
Thatched Farmhouse, Ballymotey Beg, Enniscorthy (Thatching and replacement of outdated service) €8,000.
Ballystraw Prior Hall, New Ross (Stablilisation of masonry) €7,000.
Woodbrook House, Killanne, Enniscorthy (Stabilisation of masonry) €8,000.
St John the Baptist Church, Galbally (Lime rendering) €5,000.
Bellevue Church, Ballyhogue (Roof repair, structures and coverings including lead work) €9,000.
Thatched Farmhouse, Ballyharron, Crossabeg, (Thatching) €3,250.
The Cottage, Screen Village, (Roof repair, structures and coverings including lead work) €7,000.
Cliff Cottage, Cullenstown, Duncormick (Thatching) €7,000.
Porter Lodge, Castleboro Demesne, Clonroche (Roof repair, structures and coverings including lead work) €7,000.
Yorkville House, Ballinabearna, Monageer (Replacement of outdated services) €8,000.
The announcement follows the decision by Cabinet last week to implement a limited, phased easing of restrictions from April until a substantial level of vaccination has been achieved, in the hope that a full re-opening of construction activity can be considered in early May. It allows owners and custodians to begin to plan for the months ahead. All work must, of course, be carried out in full compliance with Government/HSE guidance on Covid-19.
The BHIS is one of two built heritage funding schemes run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in association with the 31 Local Authorities. Through grants of up to €15,000, the BHIS assists owners of heritage structures – including those on the local authorities’ Record of Protected Structures and those in Architectural Conservation Areas – to meet their obligations to care for their properties.
The scheme is not limited to private dwellings and helps a wide range of other important heritage structures, including on this occasion, churches at Galbally and Ballyhogue.