17/07/2015: Minister Humphreys announces details of funding for Local and Regional Museums

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humprehys TD, today (Friday) announced details of the 2015 Local and Regional Museums Scheme administered by her Department.

The Local and Regional Museums Scheme is designed to support small and medium sized museums across the country.  This year, the scheme will allow for the funding of small capital projects on a matched funding basis (75:25), with total funding of over €120,000 being made available.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“This scheme aims to enhance the cultural offering of museums and improve the visitor experience by providing small grants to local and regional museums across the country.

“Museums are a focal point for their communities and have a pivotal role in dispensing local knowledge and displaying unique collections to both locals and visitors. They also make a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Ireland’s cultural tourism offering, to the benefit of both the domestic and foreign tourists.

“This year museums from Cork to Drogheda and Donegal will benefit from funding. Successful projects include the hosting of a 1916 exhibition,digitisation projects and the use of technology to enhance the visitor experience.

“I hope this funding will help to enhance each of these museums as vital community resources and important tourist attractions.”

Applications for funding under the 2015 Scheme were invited from local and regional museums and/or organisations that operate as not for profit institutions whose primary role is to collect, safeguard, hold in trust, research, develop and interpret collections of original objects and original objects on loan, for the public benefit.

All projects were required to be creative and innovative and meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Enhance the cultural offering of the Museum;
  • Encourage greater access to the Museum;
  • Promote co-operation and joint initiatives between eligible museums / organisations / institutions;
  • Promote the use of Museums as tourism resources in their locality or region;
  • Increase visitor numbers at the Museum;




Note to Editors:

Please see below the list museums which will benefit from funding:



Organisation Summary of Project Amount
Allihies Copper Mines, Cork Digitisation and cabinet


Athy Heritage Centre Museum Touch Screen Multimedia Kiosks


Cavan County Council 1916 exhibition


Comharchumann Forbartha Ionad Deirbhile Garden and exhibition, website, publicity


Kinsale Museum (Cork County Council/Bandon/Kinsale) Lusitania exhibition


Dundalk County Museum It’s Who We Are’   online series of lectures and 1916 exhibition


Donegal County Council Commemoration of Events from 1916 from a Donegal perspective


Drogheda Museum Millmount remote sensing project, signage, costumes


Foynes Flying Boat Museum Stimulator Cockpit with 2 flight stations


Galway City Museum bilingual exhibition – Revolution in Galway


James Joyce Centre, Dublin 1 Upgrade and Enhance Visitor Exhibitions and Signage


Kerry County Museum Exhibition on Roger Casement


Knock Museum Purchase of showcases


Lackagh County Museum Display equipment and professional advice


Monaghan County Museum interactive touch display screen


Rothe House Signage Panels and worksheets for children


Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre Print and audio collection of poetry, touch screen


Seanchai , Kerry Literary and Cultural Centre display panels and audio visual equipment


Tipperary County Museum Tipperary’s Entertains & Sporting Heroes


Yeats Society Marketing & Exhibition upgrades




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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