21/10/2014 : Minister Humphreys launches conservation report for the Old Church at Dysart-Enos, Laois

Tuesday, 21st October 2014—The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is this evening launching a conservation report for the Old Church at Dysart-Enos in Ratheniska, Co Laois. The report is considered to be an important policy framework to guide the future conservation of the church and its setting.

All structures at the early Christian site at Dysart-Enos, including the church, are recorded monuments and are protected under the National Monuments Act. The church and round tower, which date from the 17th or early 18th century, are in need of conservation work to prevent further deterioration in their condition.

Speaking this evening Minister Humphreys said:

“This report charts a way forward for the conservation of this historic site. I would like to commend the members of the local community who got together to initiate this report. Successful conservation projects very often have a strong and committed community group behind them, who drive the project to completion.

“Conservation architect, Richard McLoughlin, has planned a high quality conservation repair strategy for the church, and I know that Angela McEvoy and Catherine Casey have also been instrumental in bringing this report to fruition.

“This part of Laois is blessed with a wealth of heritage sites in close proximity, from Emo Court to the Rock of Dunamase. This report on the Old Church at Dysart-Enos will help to raise awareness about the need to protect and conserve our heritage if we want to safeguard it for future generations.

“I understand that the project has received €5,867 under the most recent round of LEADER funding under the Rural Development Programme. This project should be used as a positive example of why heritage projects should be also considered eligible under the new LEADER programme, which extends to 2020.

“I have a personal passion for built heritage, and I feel strongly about the need to protect it. I am glad, therefore, that my Department has provided €121,000 for the conservation of protected structures in Laois under the hugely successful Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme.

“I would like to wish the local community all the very best of success in safeguarding the future of the Old Church at Dysart-Enos.”


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