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Nearly €300,000 granted to safeguard Limerick’s archaeological monuments

Malcom Noonan TD (Image: Green Party)

The news is part of a national investment of €7.4 for Ireland’s historical sites.

Five projects in Limerick have been awarded €278,613 in funding to help ensure the safeguarding of historical sites.

The funds will help the owners and custodians to continue to maintain the monuments.

The Minister for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcom Noonan TD, has set aside €7.4 million from the 2024 Community Monuments Fund for 140 sites across Ireland.

The fund was first established in 2020, to promote the importance of maintaining and protecting historic monuments and sites in our local areas.

Areas with sites in need of urgent repair, can apply to for conservation funding. This funding can be used to preserve the monument and also help protect it against the effects of climate change.

The CMF provides funding for vital repairs and capital projects aimed at conserving archaeological monuments, as well as for the creation of Conservation Management Plans to outline necessary conservation measures for these monuments.

Funding opportunities are also offered to improve public access infrastructure and interpretation services at archaeological monuments.

Speaking about the new funding, Minister Noonan said: “I’m delighted that 140 projects across the country will be supported under this year’s €7.4m Community Monuments Fund.

“Since its inception in 2020, this fund has become a lifeline for the protection of Ireland’s irreplaceable archaeological heritage by revitalising hundreds of historic monuments in cities, towns, villages and rural communities across all 31 Local Authorities.

“Through this, it is enabling valuable investment in the wider heritage sector, creating thousands of hours of employment for specialist craftspeople and traditional skills practitioners, as well as supporting the achievement of national commitments under Heritage Ireland 2030 and the Climate Adaptation Plan for Built and Archaeological Heritage.

“I’d like to congratulate the successful applicants and wish them the very best of luck in with their projects this year.”

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