Under the Community Monuments Fund 2022, operated by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, four applications from Cork County were successful. These applicants include projects and undertakings in respect of:
- Castleview Mills
- Dromtarriffe Church
- Coolbane Mill
- Templebreedy Graveyard, Crosshaven
The four projects above were awarded a combined sum of €212,220.
The Heritage Council also announced awardees from three schemes including the Irish Walled Town Network Grant Scheme, the Heritage Stewardship Scheme and the Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022. Eleven different projects in County Cork are being supported under these schemes to the sum of €181,119.
Four successful projects in Bandon, Buttevant and Youghal will receive a combined €93,549 under the Irish Walled Town Network Grant Scheme. Under the Heritage Stewardship Scheme a digitisation project regarding Irish Tourist Association Files by Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service was successful. Six applications under the Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022 were successful including €20,000 for the re-rendering of the Church of the Ascension in Timoleague; €20,000 for a conservation plan for Kingston College in Mitchelstown; a combined display of Conserved Ledgers, Bible and Puxley Papers in Allihies Copper Mines Museum received €13,924; Cork LGBT Archive Community Heritage was funded €9,750; a conservation plan for the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh received €10,000 and the conservation and display of two processional banners in St. Mary’s Church, Mallow were funded €10,441.
Across the four aforementioned schemes, the combined level of funding is €393,339 for 15 different heritage projects and undertakings across Cork County.
North Cork Fine Gael Cllr. John Paul O’Shea welcomed the funding announcements saying,
“People visit County Cork to explore, whether it’s our shared heritage or their own past and genealogy. For those of us who live here, town walls, graveyards, churches and sites of industrial heritage play as much of a role as stories from the past in giving us our sense of place. Thanks to what are often community efforts spanning generations, we have a wealth of heritage on which we can build our own sense of identity, which we can share with all who are interested.”
Cllr O’Shea added “These funding schemes from The Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage recognise the multi generational efforts of so many and will enable this invaluable work to continue here in Cork County.”