13/07/15

13/07/2015 : Ministers Humphreys and Harris announce €350,000 in funding for Historic Properties and National Monuments

Monday, 13th July 2015—The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, TD and Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Simon Harris TD, are today announcing funding of €350,000 for the conservation and preservation of a number of historic properties and national monuments across the country.

The funding is being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with works to be carried out by the OPW. A total of seven projects will benefit, including Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Carlingford Castle in Louth and on-going conservation works to the historic walled garden in Garnish Island, Co. Cork.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“Investing in our heritage is so important. I am pleased to be providing continuing support to the OPW to carry out the conservation and preservation of the State’s heritage portfolio. These historic properties and monuments boost Ireland’s appeal as a tourist destination and are also a great source of pride at a local level. Through this round of funding, projects stretching from Dublin to the Blasket Islands will benefit. It is very important that we maintain these properties so they can be safeguarded for generations to come.”

Minister Harris said:

“This €350,000 in funding will allow works to be carried out at seven sites under the remit of my Office, the Office of Public Works.  The works will not only enhance the visitor experience but will conserve these wonderful historical sites for generations to come.  They include major tourist attractions such as Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, the iconic Hill of Tara and the beautiful walled garden on Garinish Island in Co Cork. These sites are of great cultural and historic importance, and I am delighted that the funding for these works will have such a positive and lasting outcome”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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