Minister Noonan Announces Grants for 71 Projects under €1.4m July Jobs Stimulus Plan for National Monuments

The Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Mr Malcolm Noonan, TD, today announced the approval of grants for a wide range of heritage projects under the July Jobs Stimulus package.  The funding will support 71 heritage projects across 30 Local Authorities under a new Community Monuments Fund.

The objective of July Jobs Stimulus is to offset some of the effects of Covid-19 by revitalising the economy, providing protection for small businesses and getting people back to work. The Community Monuments Fund has been established as part of the €1.4m in additional capital earmarked for national monuments under the Stimulus Plan.

The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It contains a number of different measures aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to monuments and improving their presentation and also building resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.

The Community Monuments Fund is investing essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public and to stimulate local employment and economic activity.

Speaking today, Minister Noonan said:

I am delighted to announce this investment as part of the July Jobs Stimulus to support those working to care for our heritage and to ensure the protection and promotion of our archaeological and built heritage.  The funding will progress heritage projects across the country, ensuring that heritage is protected as a community asset and made more accessible.  This measure will also allow steps to be taken under the Climate Change Action Plan in relation to our archaeological heritage and will create employment for many small businesses, skilled conservation specialists and tradespeople involved in heritage-related construction activity. “

Funding will be used to carry out conservation works at monuments in local authority care, as well as providing support to a number of community led projects, including those aimed at the care of historic graveyards.

A full list of the projects being funded can be found in the table below.

Minister Noonan continued: “I want to thank the local authorities for their enthusiastic response to the new Fund and for drawing up a wide range of suitable projects in record time.  I would also like to acknowledge the dedication of private owners in their custodianship of a significant share of our archaeological heritage. This heritage is so important, especially in these challenging times, in providing recreation, comfort and a sense of well-being to communities across the land and I am delighted to be able to provide this support through the Community Monument Fund. 

What are Grants Available for?

The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:

Stream Available Funding Maximum Grant
Stream 1 Grants up to €100,000 for essential repairs and capital works for the conservation of archaeological monuments. 100% of eligible costs
Stream 2 Grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improved public access. 100% of eligible costs
Stream 3 Grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation at archaeological monuments (including COVID 19 protection measures) 100% of eligible costs


The list of approved projects:

Local Authority Site/Monument/Address Award
  Stream 1  
Cavan Moybologue Graveyard €42,760
Clare Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan €10,782
Cork Templebreedy Church, Crosshaven €40,000
Cork Camden Fort, meagher €30,500
Cork City St Finn Barre’s Cathedral €5,900
Donegal Rathmullen Abbey €42,000
Dublin City St Patricks Cathedral €20,000
Fingal Drumanagh privy (Martello Tower), Fingal €15,000
Galway Abbeygormican Graveyard €30,000
Galway City Spanish Arch and Wall Walk €25,000
Kildare Johnstown Church, Palmerstown €14,826
Kilkenny Kilkenny City Walls €60,551
Laois Killabban Medieval Church €25,000
Louth Drogheda’s Town wall €15,000
Limerick Clonshire €70,000
Mayo Old Killeen Graveyard, Attymas €6,727
Meath Rathmore Graveyard €4,710
Offaly Drumcullen Medieval Church, Kinnity €40,202
Roscommon Kilteevan Cemetery €31,502
Roscommon Rahara Medieval Church €8,655
Roscommon Owen O’Conor Mausoleum, Ballintober €5,893
Sligo Ballynaglogh Abbey, Ballymote €1,750
South Dublin St. Finians Church, Esker, Lucan €30,000
Tipperary Pallas Church, Dorrha €34,515
Waterford Knockboy Church €4,000
Westmeath Athlone Town Wall €35,305
Wexford St. Marys Church, Bannow €18,756
Wexford Lady’s Island €12,467
  Stream 2  
Cork Killgulane Church €7,865
DL Rathdown Williamstown Martello Tower, Blackrock €3,630
Donegal St Muras Cross Slab, Fahan €2,360
Donegal Killydonnell Friary & Historic Graveyard, €15,000
Fingal Martello Towers, Drumanagh & Skerries €12,000
Fingal St Marnocks & St Catherines Churches Portmarnock and Rush €12,000
Galway Lydican Castle €23,298
Galway Kilclooney Tower House, Milltown €20,017
Kerry Kilshanig Church, Castlegregory €2,904
Kerry Cloghane Church €2,904
Kerry Ballinskelligs Castle €2,904
Kildare Whites Castle, Athy €14,883
Laois Dysart Gallen Church, Ballinakill €29,014
Longford Knock windmill , Lanesborough €5,000
Longford Abbeyshrule Abbey  Tower house €19,705
Mayo Kill Abbey, Shrule €12,740
Meath Beaubec, Bey More €4,598
Meath Dulane Church, kells €4,598
Monaghan  Errigal Trough Church €25,000
Offaly Blundall Castle, Edenderry €8,000
Offaly St Brendans Church, Birr €4,235
Roscommon Elphin Cathedral Conservation €7,306
Sligo Enniscrone Castle €10,000
Tipperary Carney Castle, Nenagh €14,760
Waterford Kilmolash, Knockboy  and Kilronan Churches €2,500
Waterford Dysert Medieval church &  St. Declan’s Holy Well, Ardmore €4,000
Westmeath Fore Gaol, Fore €16,280
Wexford Barntown Castle €8,364
  Stream 3  
Carlow Ballinree, Killoughterane & St. Mullins €10,000
Clare Carigaholt Castle, Rinemacaderrig €16,331
Cork City Elizabeth Fort,  Cork City €18,975
DL Rathdown Historic Graveyards, Dun Laoghaire €6,353
Galway City Three Castles  (Tirellen, Menlough, Merlin) €30,000
Galway Ballinastack Megalithic Tomb & Childrens’ Burial Ground €2,648
Kerry Killaclohane Portal Tomb, Milltown €4,418
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Museum €10,625
Laois Lea Graveyard, Portarlington €3,450
Mayo Kilmovee Heritage Trail €9,135
Roscommon Various sites €12,000
Sligo Queen Meabhs Trail, Knocknarea €30,000
Tipperary Monastic Site, Emly €1,445
Westmeath Hill of Uisneach €13,995
Wicklow Medieval Arklow €7,700