Funding of €14,883 has been awarded for Whites Castle in Athy under a new Community Monuments Fund.
The castle features in Stream 2 of the fund, which offers grants of up to €30,000 for the development of conservation management plans/reports aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improved public access.
Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, recently announced the approval of grants for a wide range of heritage projects under the July Jobs Stimulus package, and the funding will support 71 heritage projects across 30 local authorities. The other successful Kildare project was Johnstown Church, Palmerstown, awarded €14,826 in Stream 1.
The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It contains a number of different measures 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 and improving their presentation, as well as building resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.
The fund has been described as “investing essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public and to stimulate local employment and economic activity”.
The fund is administered by the National Monuments Service of the Department through the local authorities.
The latter could submit applications for works to monuments in public ownership directly to the Department. Private applicants or community groups who are the owners or custodians of monuments were asked to submit applications through their local authorities.