Kilkenny Minister announces funding to support local heritage projects
Close to €25,000 is being earmarked for projects in county Kilkenny aimed at boosting local economies and growing tourism by supporting local heritage projects.
Four Kilkenny projects have been selected to share €24,810 as part of The Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant Scheme.
Another project, the Black Friar’s Arch conservation project is set to benefit from a separate Irish Walled Towns Network fund.
The four Kilkenny projects to benefit under the heritage grant scheme are as follows:
|Kilkenny Archaeological Society||Old Kilkenny Review Digitalisation Project 2021
|Windgap Tidy Towns||To prepare a Conservation Management Plan for Windgap Grotto||€2,100|
|Castlecomer Discovery Park||Preservation of Castlecomer’s natural, social and industrial heritage through an interactive digital experience based on the coal-mining museum||€15,000|
|Kilkenny City Walls||To design and install information plaques on five key sections of the Kilkenny city walls.||€4,000|
Additionally, the conservation and repair of Black Friars Arch and adjacent city wall in Kilkenny City is one project of ten nationally to benefit from a separate €299,000 fund under the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN).
Announcing the funding, Kilkenny’s Heritage Minster, Malcolm Noonan said the projects would be of great benefit to their local communities.
“As the scope and scale of these projects illustrate, communities play a vital role in caring for all aspects of our heritage.
“The new national heritage plan, Heritage Ireland 2030, which will be published later this summer, will recognise the role of communities in safeguarding our heritage and ensure that they continue to be supported,” Minister Noonan concluded.