December 2, 2023
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Back to the future: €215,000 earmarked for vital works to protect Kilkenny’s heritage

Fourteen Kilkenny buildings of historic importance are to share in a pot of close to €215,000, funds which will be used to pay for much needed upkeep and remedial work.

The money earmarked for the 16 projects in county Kilkenny is part of the 2020 Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme. These initiatives help fund vital conservation and renovation projects of historic structures around the country.

The year, more than 440 projects nationwide are benefitting from the close to €5 million in grants, each can receive supports from as little as €1,000 per project to €130,000.

Aras na hOidhreachta, the former Bishop’s Palace on Church Lane in Kilkenny is receiving €72,500 over two years for essential works as part of an application made by the Heritage Council.

The other 15 Kilkenny schemes selected are:

Name Location Amount
The Bridewell Building Thomastown €25,000
Windgap Creamery Windgap €15,000
Licketstown Carrigeen €8,000
Kilrush House Freshford €8,000
Parade House No.10 The Parade, Kilkenny €8,250
St Lachtains Church Freshford €5,500
The Long Barn, Mountrothe House Paulstown €7,750
Church of the Holy Cross Cuffesgrange €6,500
Castleview House Ballyragget €6,500
9 William Street Kilkenny €6,500
City Lime Works, John Street Kilkenny €8,000
The Tone House, Kildalton Piltown €8,250
Smithstown Schoolhouse Castlecomer €8,250
The Villa Piltown €10,000
21 High Street Kilkenny €6,500

Speaking about the announcement of funding, Kilkenny’s Minister John Paul Phelan said: “Under this year’s Historic Structures Fund (HSF), 56 projects will be funded with grants ranging from €15,000 to €130,000 for the conservation and renovation of many different types of historic structures throughout the country, including many key ones here in Kilkenny. This is in addition to 10 projects that will receive a total of €351,000 in their second year of funding under the HSF 2019.

“The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) will support 393 projects in 31 local authority areas. Grants ranging from €1,000 to €15,000 will be provided and the scheme will generate several thousand days’ employment for skilled craftspeople,” Deputy Phelan concluded.


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