The latest funding announcements from The Heritage Council and Department Of Heritage represent a very welcome funding investment in the natural, built and cultural heritage of county Wicklow and support communities and employment all over the county. The Heritage Office is delighted to work in partnership with individuals, groups and Council colleagues in supporting this work at a county level.
Heritage Council Funding
Following its call for applications, the Heritage Council received hundreds of proposals from those who care for our heritage, individuals, heritage volunteers, community groups, organisations and local authorities. In Total €68,790 has been awarded to the following groups and projects in County Wicklow. Well done to all the applicants for such a fantastic range of worthwhile initiatives. For more see Heritage Council website.
Arklow Town Team – Development of Arklow Pottery Online, a digitsal project to help people access & engage with the heritage of Arklow Pottery, though a digital resource of first-hand stories & techniques, & creating an interactive online catalogue of pieces, images & video. €20,000
Alfred Beit Foundation- Phase II works to 18th Century Weir Wall
at Russborough Stabilising, hydraulic and stonemasonry works to an 18th century Weir Wall to facilitate pedestrian access under the N81, linking Russborough walkways with the Blessington Greenway. €20,000
Rathdrum Tidy Towns Rathdrum Swift Project 2022– Install swift boxes in Rathdrum to ensure that migrating swifts can find a place to nest & breed, provide new nesting sites
for their offspring to increase the population of swifts visiting the town. €3,910
BirdWatch Ireland – East Coast Nature Reserve, Co Wicklow. Purchase of some vital conservation equipment to manage and protect the wildlife interest of the reserve through
focusing and improving the access for the inclusion of all throughout the reserve. €16,675
Wicklow County Archives Service- Education resource. To produce a resource pack for teachers of the history curriculum in the Junior Cycle highlighing Wicklow archival collections as teaching tools, especially in relation to Class Based Assessments. €8,205
Community Monument Fund
Archaeology in County Wicklow is set to benefit from the recent announcement of over €150,000 in funding for seven Wicklow projects from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Community Monument Fund 2022.
The scheme is administered by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and managed by the National Monuments Service. In 2022 applications from Wicklow were submitted by private individuals, academics, the Roundwood & District Historical Society and Wicklow County Council.
The successful Wicklow projects under CMF 2022 are as follows:
Arklow Castle repairs – €44,621
Mullinacuffe Historic Church ruins repairs – €14,954
Castlekevin, Roundwood conservation plan – €18,682
Baltinglass Hills Lidar Survey – €29,362
West Wicklow Medieval church and graveyards: geophysical survey and access improvements – €30,000
Castlekevin podcast production – €7,748
Abbey Lane, Arklow: research and interpretation – €7,072
The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund (CMF) is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. There are a broad range of measures supported this year under the CMF, aimed at protecting and promoting archaeological monuments, including essential conservation works, masonry repair, the development of Conservation Management Plans, access infrastructure and installation of interpretation signage, and digital media projects aimed at disseminating knowledge of Wicklow’s archaeological heritage. For more on CMF 2022 click HERE
The CMF scheme provides supports for communities and custodians and also the heritage sector, for archaeologists, conservation architects, stone masons, and other professional trades. Overall, the projects will help build resilience in our archaeological heritage against extreme weather and mitigate the impacts of climate change, a priority action embedded in our Climate Adaptation Plan.
Taken collectively, these heritage awards greatly assist the Council to work in partnership with the Department and community groups all over Wicklow to deliver on various commitments under Heritage Ireland 2030, the new national heritage plan launched earlier this year.