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03/04/19 - €300,000 secured for Donegal’s built heritage


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Buncrana Castle which was allocated €17,000 for roof works

under the Historic Structures Fund 2019.  Buncrana Castle is

one of Donegal’s most important and impressive early houses

built 1718 set at the entrance to Swan Park in Buncrana



€300,000 secured for Donegal’s built heritage


It has been a great start to the year for County Donegal’s built heritage with €300,000 secured under three different funds including the Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht’s Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) which are administered by Donegal County Council. 



In February it was announced that Church Lane in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter is set to be transformed with an investment of €200,000 from the Heritage Council as part of a heritage-led regeneration initiative.  In the last week Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, announced  that 13 heritage projects across the county will benefit from €92,000 under this year’s Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) which will be administrated by Donegal County Council.



Speaking last week 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 instills 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”.


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Leitir Corn Mill Cill Cartha received funding for the restoration

of windows under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and

it is the ambition of the community group Muileann Coirce

Leitir Teoranta to return the building to full working order in

the future.



The funding will support the owners and custodians of historic and protected structures as they carry out small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment.



Collette Beattie, Conservation Officer with Donegal County Council believes that these projects will provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction and said that “there will be a great mix and spread of conservation projects throughout the county which will benefit the heritage of Donegal and will be of greatly needed assistance to owners and occupiers taking care of their historic properties. The funding will assist with the conservation and renovation of all kinds of interesting historic structures such as a mill, lighthouse, battery, houses, courthouse, churches and a bar and a high cross.”



Funding has been allocated by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme for conservation works to the following Protected Structures or structures within an Architectural Conservation Area:  Dunmore House, Carrigans (€3,000), Termon House, Maghery (€5,000), St. Ernan’s, Donegal Town (€4,000), a house in The Diamnond, Raphoe (€7,000), Stranorlar Church of Ireland (€4,000), Napoleonic Gun Battery, Rathmullan (€6,500), Dunree Lighthouse (€5,000), Mannie’s Bar, Convoy (€9,500), The Old Fort Inn, Greencastle (€7,500), Lifford Old Courthouse (€5,500) and Leitir Corn Mill, Cill Chartha (€3,000).  Funding has also been allocated by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht under the Historic Structures Fund for essential repairs and conservation works to two historic structures in County Donegal: St. Mura’s Graveyard, Fahan (€15,000) and Buncrana Castle (€17,000).

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