The Heritage Council has awarded €58,500 in funding for thirteen heritage initiatives in County Donegal to groups and individuals throughout the county.
It is hoped the investment will not only help retain important aspects of Donegal’s heritage but also support jobs and attract tourists.
Joseph Gallagher, the Council’s Heritage Officer says they while there is limited funding nationally, Donegal received a sizable portion:
The Heritage Council awarded funding for conservation reports on the Cooperage in Burtonport by the Burtonport Heritage Group, St. Mary’s Old Church in Derrybeg, the Ballyshannon Workhouse by the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group and a conservation plan for Ned’s Point Fort in Inishowen by the Swilly Marine & Heritage Exploration Centre. Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille was awarded funding for the preparation of conservation specifications for the repair of the nineteenth-century coastal signal tower at Carrigan Head, Sliabh Liag and the Creevy & District Community Development Cooperative Society secured funding for the Kilbarron Castle Conservation Project near Ballyshannon. Funding was also awarded for conservation works to New Park House in Moville, the repair of the Templecrone Church boundary wall near Maghery and a survey of the historic graveyard, emergency repair work to the fifteenth-century Ballysaggart Franciscan Friary by the Ballysaggart Church Restoration Committee, repairs to Fannet Presbyterian Church in Kerrykeel and conservation works to St. Catherine’s Church and graveyard in Killybegs by the Killybegs History & Heritage Committee. BirdWatch Ireland was awarded funding for the management of corncrakes in Donegal and Mayo, and the Ardara Men’s Shed secured funding for the restoration of a hand-weaving loom.