Laois Heritage receives €100,000 for conservation work

Historic buildings in Laois are set to receive a share of €96,000 for conservation work to help save the buildings for future generations.

A total of 512 heritage projects across all counties across the country will receive €4 million in funding this year through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) administered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

  • The Laois buildings to benefit from it are as follows.
  • Emo Gate Lodge €12,500
  • O’Connell House, Mountmellick – €7,000
  • Lea Church, Killenard – €12,500
  • Preston House, Abbeyleix – €6,000
  • Portrane House, Stradbally – €5,000
  • St Paul’s Church (French Church), Portarlington – €7,000
  • Tenakill House, Portlaoise – €15,000
  • Vicarstown National School – €8,000

The thatched roof houses are:

  • Ballacolla – €6,900
  • Rath League – €6,900
  • Rosenalis – €8,750
  • Cullo Hill – €450

With grants of up to €15,000, BHIS helps owners of heritage structures – including those on the local authority’s Register of Protected Structures and those located in architectural conservation areas – to meet their obligations to care of their properties.

Funding can be used to undertake repair work, thereby contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of heritage structures. Examples include repairing roofs, walls and joinery, sealing windows, lime plaster and repairing stained glass.

Laois Offaly TD and Minister of State for the Department of Finance, Seán Fleming, said built heritage is one of the main attractions for visitors to Ireland. Its conservation also strengthens and promotes our tourism industry and contributes to the regeneration of urban and rural areas.

He added that it contributes to the vitality of our towns, villages and countryside, instils a sense of pride and improves the quality of our daily life.

“We have wonderful examples of heritage buildings in Laois and this funding, in addition to the conservation of these buildings, will provide employment for the many small businesses, skilled conservation specialists and artisans involved in heritage related building activities. “, did he declare.

The funding was welcomed by Green Party Minister of State Laois Offaly, Pippa Hackett.

“Laois has magnificent churches and old houses that deserve to be maintained and preserved.
“We also have a tradition of thatching, a skill we shouldn’t lose, so I’m particularly pleased to see that funding for thatched houses is included,” said Minister Hackett.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD.

“I am delighted to announce a €4 million investment in our built heritage through the Built Heritage Investment Program for 2022, which will support owners and caretakers of 512 historic and protected structures across the country. . The funding will make it possible to carry out conservation work on our built heritage, in order to help safeguard it for future generations.

“These awards will boost the economy in all 31 local authorities, providing jobs for small businesses, skilled conservationists and shopkeepers, ensuring a continued focus on traditional craftsmanship – all of which help us deliver Heritage Ireland. 2030, the new national heritage plan that I launched last month,” he said.

A statement added that the protection of our built heritage was one of the priorities of the recently published intergovernmental strategy for the protection of Irish heritage, Heritage Ireland 2030. In addition, partnership is a key theme of Heritage Ireland 2030, and the BHIS is one of two built heritage funding schemes, run in association with the 31 local authorities and their Architectural Conservation Officers and Heritage Officers, working in partnership with the Department to protect our built heritage.

He said another aspect of the 2022 program is the continuation of a stream of micro-grants introduced in 2020 to increase the resilience of historic structures to withstand the effects of climate change. This is claimed to allow local authorities to give smaller rewards to owners of historic properties for carrying out routine maintenance to offset the impact of climate change on their buildings.”

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