Clare Conservation Project Funds Agreed

Irish Minister of State Tony Killeen has confirmed the allocation of €99,500 to Clare County Council under the Local Authorities Conservation Grants Scheme.

The Clare Deputy noted the funding, which represents a slight increase on the 2009 allocation, will support the conservation of protected structures throughout County Clare.

"The conservation of our historic buildings makes our towns and villages more attractive to tourists and locals alike and can often act as a catalyst for further heritage projects in an area, as it enhances local awareness in our built heritage," said the Minister.

Meanwhile, Minister Killeen said funds are being allocated to the Office of Public Works to undertake conservation work at Ennis Friary.

He continued: "The continued conservation of heritage properties in State care, such as Ennis Friary, will I hope contribute to our economy and provide a boost to the tourism sector in particular.

"The funding package underlines the continued commitment to the preservation and conservation of our rich built heritage by the State. Our built heritage is inextricably linked with our sense of pride in this country and affirms our cultural and historical identity. It is essential that we continue to invest in built heritage conservation to ensure the ongoing preservation of Ireland’s renowned heritage."

He concluded: "Investment in the heritage stock can also bring economic benefits in the form of cultural tourism and employment."


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