Funding announced for repair and conservation of protected structures

Media Release
Thursday, March 26th 2014

Limerick City and County Council has announced details of projects that will be supported under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme to repair and conserve protected structures and other heritage buildings across Limerick.

The funding of 37 projects totalling €257,000 was approved this week by the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014.

The scheme encourages the investment of private capital through the provision of matching public funds in a large number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects across the country.

The aim is to sensitively repair, conserve and restore historic structures while supporting the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, tradespeople, and craftsmen.

Ten projects are being supported in Limerick City with 27 projects receiving funding in Limerick County.
Funding amounts under the scheme are between €2,500 and €15,000 with applicants matching in full the grants being awarded.
Limerick City and County Council Conservation Officer, Tom Cassidy, said there are over 2,000 protected structures, not to mention thousands of other structures located within architectural conservations areas in Limerick. He said that these grant allocations will help in preserving and maintaining these heritage sites in good order.
“This is a big investment in Limerick's built heritage and will make a real difference to those anxious to undertake appropriate repairs to, and conservation of, our historic structures while also supporting job creation locally,” he said. “While the fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance or alterations, it will give a much needed boost to Limerick’s architectural heritage and those who carry the bulk of the responsibility of maintaining and caring for this valuable resource.”
Mr. Cassidy concluded his remarks by pointing out that studies undertaken by bodies such as the Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland demonstrated that the presence of authentic heritage sites was a prime motivator in most people’s decision making when selecting their holiday destination and, therefore, our built heritage contributes significantly to Limerick’s tourism offering.

The range of buildings being assisted vary from several located within the city’s Georgian core to a Parnell Cottage in the countryside, and from commercial premises to private dwellings. Some of the projects being aided have a definite tourism objective, such as ‘The Goggin Cottage’, a thatched house near Kildimo which is in the care of the Irish Landmark Trust. This charitable foundation specialises in seeking out significant buildings and, having brought them up to an acceptable standard, rents them out in the self-catering sector of the tourist market.

Last update:26/03/2014

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