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€109,000 boost for Donegal’s heritage projects

Lifford Old Courthouse, one of the projects set to benefit from today’s funding announcement.

A total of €109,000 in funding has been allocated to Donegal in support of local heritage projects.

The funding was announced by the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, under the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018.

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 Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh welcomed the announcement, saying, “This funding for Donegal is part of an announcement by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister Josepha Madigan of €3.3 million for 446 heritage projects across the country.

“Through the Structures at Risk Fund, Donegal will receive €59,000. This includes €30,000 for works to prevent the imminent collapse of Rathmullan Abbey; €22,000 to re-thatch the roof of the Vernacular Thatched Cottage on Pound Street in Carndonagh; and €7,000 to rewire Dunmore House in Carrigans to reduce the risk of fire.

“Separately, Donegal heritage projects will receive €50,000 through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.”

The projects to benefit are: Bundoran Community Centre CLG €2,500; O’Doherty’s Fort, Tullyarvan, Buncrana €5,500; St Ernan’s House, Donegal €4,000; 2 Church Lane, Letterkenny €4,000; Leitir Corn Mill, Leitir, Cill Chartha €7,500; Convoy Cottage, Ramelton €6,500; Warehouse, The Mall, Ramelton €2,500; the Old Court House, Lifford €7,000; Buncrana Castle €5,500; and Dunmore House, Carrigans €5,000.

Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh.

“This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across Donegal. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage. Maintaining and repairing these monuments help communities preserve their cultural identity and give people a sense of pride of place.

“The funding is also very important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Donegal, with all the benefits that can bring,” Joe McHugh added. 

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