Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that Ballysumaghan Church of Ireland, near Sooey, Co. Sligo will benefit from an allocation of €30,000 in 2019 under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF).
€30,000 Allocated for Ballysumaghan Church, Co. Sligo
The Historic Structures Fund 2019 (HSF) (formerly the Structures at Risk Fund) is for conservation works to heritage structures, in both private and public ownership. The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund is the conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. The fund is administered through the local authorities. The allocation for 2019 is up to €1.8 million nationally. The funding supports the owners and custodians of historic and protected structures as they carry out works to repair and conserve our historic built environment. These projects provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction. The grant scheme is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is administered by the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council.
Minister Madigan said:
“I am delighted to announce these grant awards which will support the owners and custodians of our historic built environment. Our built heritage is at the historic heart of our communities. It stands sentinel to our past and, when cared for, inspiration to our future. Investing in our heritage buildings is good for the individual properties concerned, and it also provides a real boost to local communities and supports jobs in traditional building skills, conservation and tourism. It instils civic and community pride and invigorates by renewing our past.
Today’s investment will play an important role in helping communities to regenerate the areas where they live and work, and ensuring that this important part of our cultural heritage is kept alive and safe as part of our generation’s legacy for the future”.
Minister Madigan continued:
“I would like to thank the local authorities for their work in administering the Historic Structures Fund, which has such a positive impact on protected structures across the country. I would also like to acknowledge the response of private owners and their willingness to invest their time and money in caring for our built heritage.”
Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Martin Baker welcomed the funding announcement for Ballysumaghan Church of Ireland, near Sooey, Co. Sligo, saying that
“It is great to see this investment for heritage buildings in Sligo, many of which are used and managed by local communities”.
Councillor Seamus Kilgannon, Chair of Sligo Heritage Forum added that,
“Investment in our historic built environment strengthens Sligo and makes it an attractive place in which to live, work and visit”, adding that “when we invest in heritage, we are investing in local communities, valuing our sense of place and, strengthening the public realm of our towns and villages”.