CONSERVATION work is to be carried out on a well-known North Clare building after €10,000 was allocated for it this week.
The money will fund work at Byrne’s Shop, Parliament Street, Ennistymon. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht granted the funding to Clare County Council under its Structures at Risk fund. The fund assists with works to safeguard structures, in private and civic ownership, protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2011.
Clare Senator Tony Mulcahy said he is delighted to see this money allocated to “preserve an important historical building in Ennistymon. This type of conservation work is vital in order to safeguard the town’s rich heritage and attract visitors. I am confident that additional Clare buildings will benefit from further allocations in the coming months.
“This is part of an overall national spend of €712,000 announced by Minister Deenihan to support the conservation and protection of a range of important heritage buildings across Ireland as part of the Structures at Risk Fund. The money is allocated to assist with works to safeguard protected structures, in private and civic ownership. This year, 41 projects in 27 local authority areas, including Clare County Council, are being supported,” he went on.
“This is an investment not just in our cultural heritage but also in our tourism industry. Our old and historical buildings are a real national asset and are a significant factor in attracting visitors to Ireland. Foreign and domestic tourism is a major source of job creation and provides financial benefit to many communities,” concluded Senator Mulcahy.
This is Clare’s only allocation under the fund.
Minister Deenihan said, “While funding available for this work has been reduced in recent years, it is still very important that we recognise that the conservation, preservation and restoration of our built heritage has an economic, cultural and aesthetic benefit.
“Our built heritage is a real national asset and is a significant factor in attracting visitors to Ireland, visitors who are now more important than ever for the employment they support and the financial benefits they bring to local economies throughout Ireland,” he concluded.