St Brigid's in Killygarry received the largest grant in Co Cavan.

Sixteen historic Cavan buildings get funding for minor repairs

Sixteen projects across County Cavan will benefit from a total of €69,000 under a built heritage scheme.

The grants span much of the county, from Templeport Rectory in the west to Townhouse Gifts, Ballyjamesduff in the east; and range in value from €7,000, which will assist in roof repair for St Brigid's Church, Killygarry to €2,500 for repairs at Ivy Cottage, Belturbet. (See full list below)

In addition to supporting owners and custodians of historic and protected structures to safeguard and maintain their properties, the funding aims to provide a boost to local construction and heritage trades by facilitating works. Nationally the scheme is investing a total value nationally of over €15.5m and leveraging an estimated 19,000 days’ labour.

Today's announcement by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan follows the decision by Cabinet earlier this week to implement a limited, phased easing of restrictions from April until a substantial level of vaccination has been achieved, in the hope that a full re-opening of construction activity can be considered in early May.

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) is one of two built heritage funding schemes run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in association with the 31 Local Authorities. Also included under the BHIS 2021 is a continuation of a micro-grant stream introduced in 2020 to increase the resilience of historic structures to withstand the constant effects of climate change. This allows local authorities to make smaller awards to owners of historic properties to carry out routine maintenance to offset the impact of climate change on their buildings.

Minister Heather Humphreys, welcomed this allocation of €69,000 of public funds as “fantastic".

"This fund will help to safeguard our rich built heritage in County Cavan while keeping many buildings in use and helping to bring many others back into use.

"It will also have a knock-on economic benefit by generating local jobs, providing further employment for heritage contractors and other skilled crafts and tradespeople.”

CAVAN COUNTY COUNCIL PROJECTS

25 Farnham Street, Cavan Lime rendering €4,000

27 Fanham Street, Cavan External wall repair €4,000

Templeport Rectory, Bawnboy Rainwater goods repair/replacement €5,000

See House, Kilmore Upper, Interior structure repair €4,500

Drung Vicaragae, Corravahan Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings €4,000

Church Of Ireland, Killeshandra Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings €4,500.

Church of Ireland, Belturbet Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings

€5,000.

Loreto College, Cavan Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings €5,250.

Ivy Cottage, Belturbet Rainwater goods repair/replacement €2,500.

Cafa Mana, Cavan Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings €4,500.

St Brigid's Church, Killygarry Roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork €7,000.

Townhouse Gifts, Ballyjamesduff Roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork €2,500.

Knockatudor Mill, Stradone External joinery repair €5,000.

Cavan Parish Church, Farnham Street Lime rendering €4,000.

Former AIB Bank, 2 Market Street, Cootehill Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings €5,000.

Royal School, Cavan Draught-proofing of windows, doors and other openings €5,250.

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