Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne, confirmed an investment of more than €380,000 for heritage buildings in Galway.
The funding has been confirmed by Minister Kyne’s colleague at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, and is part of two schemes - the built heritage investment scheme and the structures at risk fund.
Minister Kyne said; “The funding from my Department will help families and communities with the conservation and protection of landmark buildings across Galway. Many of the buildings are of historical significance to towns and villages in Galway and include residential houses, townhouses, churches, country houses, and other listed buildings.
“The works include roof repairs, the conservation of stained glass windows, re-thatching, and structural consolidation. The funding will result in a significant boost for local conservation and construction companies and workers.
“Almost €200,000 has been allocated to heritage projects in the county under the built heritage investment scheme which will fund works on a range of historic buildings including churches in Clifden, Moyard, Oughterard, Ardrahan, and Portumna. The scheme will also benefit historic houses in Galway including Annaghdown House, Oranmore Castle, Castle Ellen House, Athenry, Thatch Cottage, Clarinbridge, and the Coastguard Station in Cleggan.
“Funding of €74,000 under the built heritage investment scheme will also ensure important works are carried out to St James’ Church, Bushypark, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway Arts Centre, and the Poor Clares Building at Nuns’ Island.
“A further €100,000 has been allocated to Galway city and county under the structures at risk fund which will fund important conservation works at Ballynagar House, Loughrea, the Gasworks House, Ballinasloe, No 5 Nuns’ Island, and St Ignatius Church on Sea Road.”