Minister of State for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring has today announced funding of €54,750 to three heritage projects under the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF ) for 2016. The scheme provides funding for protected buildings in private and public ownership.
The projects receiving funding in Mayo are Ballinafad House which will get €8,000, Ballinrobe House, High Street, Ballinrobe will get €20,000, and Ballysakeery Glebe House in Mullafarry will get €26,750. Minister Ring said, “The Structures at Risk Fund was first introduced in 2011, and since then it has made an invaluable contribution to the preservation and protection of our built heritage. This year, 57 projects across 27 local authority areas will benefit from direct funding from my Department. Heritage projects in every region across the country are set to benefit under this scheme.
“This year, historic houses were eligible to apply for funding under the scheme. An Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of the Irish Historic House was launched at the end of last year, which set out a roadmap of actions, including the broadening of funding sources, for this specific area of Ireland’s architectural heritage.
"Support for our built heritage, is vital not only for the safekeeping of Ireland’s architectural heritage, it also helps to support employment in the conservation and construction industries," Minister Ring added.