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Laois to benefit from €107k funding package to conserve and safeguard heritage sites


€107,100 has been allocated for works to be carried out on four historic structures across county Laois.

This scheme, confirmed by Minister for State Sean Fleming, is administered by the Department of Heritage in consultation with Laois County Council.

Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum is to receive €37,500 for roof repairs.

While €37,000 is going to Roundwood House, Mountrath, for repairs to roof and chimney stacks.

The old Vicarstown National School is to receive €22,600 for the removal of cement external render to be replaced with a lime-based render and limewash and also repairs to brickwork where necessary.

While €10,000 is going to Vernacular Residence, Dooary, Ballyroan, for the removal of cement render to be replaced with appropriate lime-based render on external walls.


He said: “The purpose of the historical structural funds is to invest capital in our built heritage and to help the owners of these structures to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.

“These buildings are not in public ownership and it is important that there is support to ensure these historic buldings are maintained for future generations.

“This is a welcome funding stream provided by the Govenrment each year to help maintain historic structures throughout the country that otherwise would deteriorate.

“It is important that we protect the historic architectural features in these properties which can only be done with investment from the owners supported by additional funding by the Government in consultation with the local authorities.”

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