Community Monuments Fund 2024

Successful Candidates Announced 14th April 2024

B. Doherty

Temple Jarlath window detail
B. Doherty 2023
Support in place, Isserkelly
B. Doherty 2022
St Grellan's Church, Ballinalsoe
B. Doherty 2023
Round tower base, Kilmeen
B. Doherty 2023
Entrance to souterrain, Seefin
Detail at St. Brendan's Cathedral, Clonfert
B. Doherty 2023
Moylough Castle 2023
B. Doherty 2023

€286,070 allocated to Community Monument Projects in the County of Galway.

Eight Galway County Projects have been awarded funding under the Community Monuments Fund 2024. Galway County Council administers the Community Monuments Fund on behalf of The National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD announced that over €7.4 million will be awarded to 140 projects around the country through the 2024 Community Monuments Fund to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future.

Community Monuments Fund

First established in 2020, the Community Monuments Fund (CMF) aims to conserve, maintain, protect and promote local monuments and historic sites. Funding is available to allow conservation works to be carried out on monuments that are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support. The aim is to encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation and also to build their resilience to help them withstand the effects of climate change. Many communities throughout the county of Galway are already seeing the benefits of the Community Monuments Fund which is essential in building resilience and conservation within our most vulnerable archaeological monuments.

Community Groups

Full credit to the community groups, committees and individuals that have put in huge effort in their preparation of applications, assisted by Galway Community Archaeologist, Heritage Office and Environment Section of Galway County Council. Projects include funding for Conservation Management Plans for St Grellans, Kilcloony, Ballinalsoe, Moylough Castle and Kilmeen ecclesiastical site, Loughrea. A Conservation Management Plan is a multi-discipline assessment and plan for a site including input from a Conservation Architect, Archaeologist, Structural Engineer and Ecologist.

Capital Works

Funding has also been allocated towards capital works at Issertkelly and Temple Jarlath, Tuam. Each of these sites have previously been funded for Conservation Management Plans through the same scheme. Seefin Archaeological Society has been funded under Stream 3 for immediate necessary works to prevent collapse and further damage to a souterrain.

Interpretation and Access

St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert received funding for the digital recording of their iconic doorway. This will enable an assessment of the deterioration and weathering that has taken place over the years. Monitoring of our archaeological heritage is crucial in informing caretakers, custodians and stakeholders for future recording. preservation and conservation works. Galway County Heritage Office and Galway Community Archaeology Project also received funding for the preparation of a Story Map incorporating sites and monuments that received Community Monuments Funding over the past few years. These will include Kilboght, Abbeygormican, Kilcreevanty and St Kerrills, Gurteen.

Tribute to Volunteers

Reacting to the funding announcement, Cllr. Liam Carroll, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council commented, “The projects that have been successful under this year’s funding scheme will complement the wonderful conservation work that has been carried out on a voluntary basis by many communities throughout County Galway over the past number of years. I want to pay tribute to the many community volunteers who are working to record, conserve, restore and celebrate the  distinctive qualities of their local heritage and communities.”

Galway County Council support to heritage

Liam Conneally, Chief Executive of Galway County Council said, “The Community Monuments Fund is a hugely popular scheme and is one which Galway County Council was delighted to be able to submit applications to on behalf of community groups. We are committed to working in partnership with community organisations across the county and supporting the aspects of heritage they and the wider public value.”

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