Tipp heritage projects receive support
A number of heritage projects in South Tipperary have received funding from the Heritage Council Grant Scheme for 2012. Monaincha Heritage Tour, Tipperary Historical Society Lecture Series, repairs to roof of ‘studio’ courtyard building of Killenure Castle, geophysical research at Windmill Hill Cashel, restoration of the Venetian Canaletto style frame for the painting Dan Breen by Sean Keating, heritage led enhancement plan for Roscrea, Lough Derg Heritage Project 2012 and the River Suir Survey and Mapping Project are just some of the projects that have all received support.
The Heritage Council received a total of 775 grant applications for 2012 however due to budgetary constrains only 372 projects will receive funding under the scheme this year. As a result 403 projects, the majority of which are community based, will not receive any funding for 2012 and now face a very uncertain future.
“While we are delighted to support heritage projects in Tipperary this year, we are very disappointed that in total we are only able to provide funding to less than half of the projects which applied for support under the 2012 Grants Scheme,” said Heritage Council chief executive, Michael Starrett.
“In addition many of the projects are only receiving a small portion of the funds requested. These projects offer real and significant sustainable economic benefits to the Irish economy through job creation and promotion of local tourism. The heritage sector has been decimated through budget cuts in recent years and the reduction in the number of grants we are able to support this year is a worrying trend.”
“Despite the reduction in funding available and the critical review which the Heritage Council is currently undergoing as part of the Public Service Reform programme, we are determined that heritage projects in communities nationwide which make Ireland distinctive and unique are protected for the future. “
In 2012, the Heritage Council will allocate approx. 1.5 million under the Heritage Grant Scheme to 372 heritage projects across Ireland. This is a reduction of over 50% when compared with the budget allocated in 2011 and 80% when compared with 2008.
Research of the 2010 and 2011 Grants Scheme found that every €1m spent on grants by the Heritage Council supported 70 jobs directly and 300 jobs across a range of related sectors. Research also shows that in 2010, Heritage Council funded projects attracted approximately 18,700 tourists, while every €1 spent by the Heritage Council generated €4.40 for the Irish tourism industry. When surveyed, 62% of organisations who received a grant from the Heritage Council in 2011 believe tourism would have declined in their region if they had not received the grant.
In County Tipperary projects which will receive funding in 2012 include;
Monaincha Heritage Tour – this project proposes an extension of the Roscrea Heritage Trail to include the ancient monastic site of Monaincha, which is just a few kilometres outside the Tipperary town. Last year’s Heritage Council round grant-aided the Roscrea Heritage Trail, which was narrated and scripted by historian George Cunningham. This proposal is to extend the reach of the Roscrea Heritage Trail to include Monaincha, with extended map, and two audio slideshows, plus QR codes to enable greater smartphone and online access.
County Tipperary Historical Society Lecture Series 2012 - it is planned to host a series of lectures open to the public between April and September 2012.
Repairs to roof of ‘studio’ courtyard building of Killenure Castle - the Georgian courtyard of Killenure Castle with forge, saddlery, haybarns, stables and old kitchen has a building which has been formerly used as an artist’s studio. The roof, now in poor condition, needs to be repaired. The owners intend to use the studio for residential art workshops and as a sculptor studio.
Geophysical research at Windmill Hill, Cashel - Windmill Hill 1.7 km south of Cashel in County Tipperary contains an impressive enclosure (RMP No. TI061:072) and the (site of) a medieval Leper Hospital (RMP No. TI061:073). The geophysical investigation will seek to determine the function and date of Windmill enclosure by identifying diagnostic archaeological features, and attempt to identify the exact location and morphology of the Leper Hospital, both via the use of high resolution geophysical surveys.
Restoration of the Venetian Canaletto style frame for the painting Dan Breen by Sean Keating – this project by South Tipperary County Museum is about the restoration of the frame for the portrait painting of Dan Breen by Sean Keating. The frame is in the style of Venetian Canaletto frames from the early years of eighteen century. The preliminary stylistic examination suggests that it can date from late 19th century and is not original for the painting
Heritage led Enhancement Plan for Roscrea – this project by Tipperary South County Council will focus on the public realm and form part of a wider initiative being undertaken by the L.A in co-operation with a number of bodies including OPW, DAHG, Shannon Development, Chamber of Commerce, etc to rejuvenate the Historic Town of Roscrea. The plan will strengthen local identity and encourage pride in the status and value of Heritage in this unique town. The plan will ensure the town centre of Roscrea becomes a vibrant and viable town centre
Heritage Week Events – this project by Tipperary North County Council proposes to host various events during Heritage Week, including events relating to the Natural, Built and Cultural Heritage of North Tipperary. The North Tipperary Forum will liaise with other Heritage Groups and Individuals to coordinate the programme of events for the week. It is intended to publish a County Guide to Events in North Tipperary. River Suir Survey and Mapping Project - this is a continuation of the River Suir Heritage Survey and the further development of our interactive website to promote the results of the survey to date http:podcasting.ie/riversuir. This 3rd phase of the project will focus primarily on getting the data out into the public domain. We are showcasing this Heritage Council funded project on a European level as part of the Waterways Forward interreg knowledge transfer project.
Raising Awareness Projects – this project by Tipperary South County Council includes a Tidy Towns Seminar, B 4 Biodiversity campaign, Place to Bee travelling workshops; River Suir Seminar, Heritage Week, Festival Cluain Meala, Biodiversity Day, Hot Horseshoeing traditional skills event; Walled Town Days, Tree Week, Tipp Hills Day. This year we shall also work alongside Sports partnership and RAPID towns to have sporting activities in conjunction with heritage events to make them more integrated and to target new audiences such as disability groups
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