This year South Tipperary Museum, the upgrade/conservation of City Hall, Cashel and the 5th Annual Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival were among the Tipperary recipients under the Heritage Council Grant Scheme.
Heritage Council Chief Executive, Michael Starrett, said - “We were delighted to support so many fantastic projects in County Tipperary this year. Projects, supported by the Heritage Council have real and significant economic benefits to the Irish economy by creating local jobs and promoting local tourism. Through this Grants Scheme, the Heritage Council is ensuring that what makes Ireland distinctive and unique is protected for the future and that the many heritage projects in communities nationwide are receiving the support necessary for them to survive”.
The Heritage Council allocates approx. €3 million annually under the Heritage Grant Scheme to a diverse range of heritage projects across Ireland. A recent survey of the 2010 and 2011 Heritage Council Grant Schemes has found a direct correlation between grants support provided by the Heritage Council and the impact on local economies nationwide. Visitors to Ireland state that one of the key reasons they choose to holiday in Ireland is the richness of our natural and cultural heritage. In 2010, Heritage Council Grant Projects attracted approximately 18,700 tourists. When surveyed, 62% of organisations who received a grant from the Heritage Council believe tourism would have declined in their region if they had not received the grant.
“The Heritage Council recognises the significant contribution volunteers make to the protection of the national heritage and many of these projects would not happen without their time and effort. Heritage assets are a key economic resource as they underpin our tourism industry, provide the settings and backdrop to our film industry, support our quality of life and provide us with a sense of identity and place that is vital during these difficult times” added Mr. Starrett.
South Tipperary Museum received funding for the conservation of the oil painting of the Adoration of Jesus. An exceptionally well executed painting, it depicts a religious scene which is typical of many pictures that hung over the altars and walls of many churches in the past. The date of the execution of the work is unknown but the preliminary stylistic examination suggests that it can date from late 19th century.
Cashel Town Council received funding for the upgrade/conservation of City Hall Cashel.
South Tipperary County Council received funding for the 5th Annual Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival.