€166,000 funding for conservation of 19 Kerry historical structures

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€166,000 in funding has been allocated for the conservation of 19 Kerry historical structures.

Close to 500 heritage projects across the country will benefit from a total of €4.3 million under the Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin says as well as supporting owners and custodians of historic structures to carry out works, the grants will give a boost for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills, and construction.

These grants range from €2,500 to €200,000 per project, and will be used for the conservation and renovation of all kinds of historic structures, including thatched cottages, mills, and historic shop fronts.

The funding, which is provided by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will be administered by Kerry County Council in this county, where 19 projects have been allocated money.

The largest grant is for Derrycunnihy Catholic Church, Killarney National Park; it’s getting €91,000.

The former Mercy Laundry Building, Balloonagh, Tralee is to get €15,000; both of these allocations are under the Historic Structures Fund 2019.

Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019; 17 Kerry projects are to benefit, including Saint Stephen and Saint John’s Church, Castleisland which is to get €2,500; €3,900 for Ballyhearney House, Valentia; and €4,200 for the Thatched House, Lenamore, Ballylongford.

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