A number of important heritage projects across Kilkenny, including Butler House in the city and Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge are to receive a welcome boost of much needed funding.
Local TD John Paul Phelan has welcomed the announcement under the Structures at Risk Fund & the Built Heritage Investment Scheme. Among the projects to receive funding are:
€11,000 for Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge; €12,541 for widow and glass conservation works at Butler House; €6,500 towards roof repairs at The Villa, Piltown; €4,000 for architectural feature works at 32 Rose Inn Street; €3,995 for window and glass conservation works at Grennan Lodge in Thomastown; €3,552 for architectural works at 15 Talbots Inc; €9,839 towards roof repairs at Evan’s Almshouse Gate Lodge; €9,677 for lime rendering works at Kilrush House, Freshford; €9,346 for roof repairs in The Square, Inistioge; €8,597 for Tubbrid Upper, Barna; and €12,541 for roof repairs at Oak Lodge, Tablots Inch Village.
There will be €8,377 for glass window conservation works at St Canice’s Cathedral; €12,541 for architectural works at Mountrothe House, Paulstown; €6,600 for roof repairs at St Kieran’s College; €4,187 for window works at Kilree House; €9,900 for wall repairs in the CYMS Hall in Thomastown; and €6,600 for interior and window repairs at Richview House, Castlecomer Road.
“Providing funding under these schemes is a commitment in Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Rural Development, ‘Realising Our Rural Potential’,” said Deputy Phelan.
“This funding for Kilkenny is part of an announcement by my colleague, Minister Heather Humphreys of €4.8 million for 569 heritage projects across the country.
“This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across Kilkenny. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage and identity as a county, and maintaining and repairing them is a crucial part of the regeneration of our communities.
“The funding is also very important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Kilkenny with all the benefits that can bring.”