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€1m In Funding Announced For Midlands Monuments

St. Owen’s Church, Ballymore - photo credit: buildingsofireland.ie

It'll go towards maintaining and conserving the historic monuments.

Almost a million euro is going towards the maintenance of monuments in the midlands.

14 local sites have been selected for the latest round of the Community Monuments Fund.

Westmeath has been allocated over €435,000, Offaly will receive €333,000 and €119,000 has been granted to Laois.

Junior Minister in the Department of Heritage and Longford-Westmeath TD Peter Burke says it will breathe life back into the local sites:

Here's the full breakdown...

Westmeath - St. Owen’s Church, Ballymore (€85,000)
Westmeath - Kilbixy Leper Hospital, Ballynacargy (€85,000)
Westmeath - Killefree Church, Castlepollard (€85,000)
Westmeath - Monasset Tower House, Tyrellspass (€85,000)
Westmeath - Killare Church (€27,000)
Westmeath - Griffinstown Church (€24,000) 
Westmeath - Templecross Church, Ballynacargy (€24,000)
Westmeath - St. Feichin’s Well in Fire (€19,000)

Laois - Ballylynan Church & Graveyard, Rahin (€85,000.00)
Laois - Dysart Enos Church, Portlaoise (€34,555.70)

Offaly - Castlearmstrong, Ballycumber (€78,969.63)
Offaly - Emmel Castle near Cloughjordan (€85,000.00)
Offaly - Kilcomin Church (€85,000.00)
Offaly - Seir Kieran Graveyard Wall (€85,000.00)

The main aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. 

It has a number of funding streams aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support; encouraging access to monuments; improving their presentation; and also to build resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.

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