€370,000 funding for Cork heritage projects

Tim Lombard

Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the allocation of €371,200 in funding for heritage projects in Cork.

New funding totalling €371,200 has been granted to Cork for heritage projects under the Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme. Projects being funded include, but are not limited to, internal and external structural repairs, decorative works, window and stonework restoration, and energy efficiency upgrades.

There are three Cork projects being funded through the Structures at Risk Fund; €30,000 has been granted to both the Charcoal Burning House in Ballincollig and the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, while Castle Bernard in Bandon is set to receive €10,000.

Separately, thirty-five assorted heritage projects throughout Cork will receive a total of €301,200 through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.

I am delighted with the allocation of this funding; it is critical that we continue to invest in these types of projects as to maintain our unique heritage and culture in the long term. It is also important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Cork and wider Ireland, with all the associated benefits that can bring.

Providing funding under these schemes is a commitment in Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising Our Rural Potential. The allocation for Cork is part of a €4.8 million fund for 569 nationwide heritage projects aimed at conserving and repairing protected structures across Ireland. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage and national identity, so maintaining and repairing them is a crucial part of upholding our historic, contemporary, and future communities.