Limerick heritage projects allocated €66,000 under special grant schemes
By I Love Limerick correspondent Peter Cooney
Limerick heritage projects including The Hunt Museum have been awarded close to €70,000 under special grant schemes by The Heritage Council.
This fund has been created to help Covid recovery, increase tourism and lighten the spirit of the community by supporting local heritage projects.
It is under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme where €65,880 has been allocated to a number of community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Limerick.
The Hunt Museum has been allocated €15,000 to digitise the paper archives of the Hunt Collections & Sybil Connolly Collection to designated standards, which will make them accessible to the world.
Limerick Civic Trust has also received €15,000 for the Frank McCourt Collection interactive exhibition while other names include: Open House Limerick (€8,000 for its walking tour of Limerick’s large suburban houses); Bat Rehabilitation Hospital Ireland (€1,200 to build a vital bat flight, to fund rabies vaccinations for two volunteers and purchase a new Bat detector for survey; A K Ilen Company Limited (€11,800 to fund Traditional Sailing Rig repairs on the Heritage vessel Ilen) and Ballingarry Development Association (€14,800 for conservation works at the McCarthy Mausoleum).
Delighted to have been recently awarded a grant under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme for our project 'Opening up the Hunt Archives.'
This will allow us to scan and share the Hunt Museum and Sybil Archives for research and exploration!
— The Hunt Museum (@HuntMuseum) May 18, 2021
A K Ilen Company has been allocated a further €4,000 under the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network programme. The money has been approved for a project named ‘Kingship’ – an educational exploration for the community of Limerick’s English town.
The aim is to use street performance to promote Limerick’s walled town through public participation. The walled town will be made of pebbles and will be a temporary display in a popular location in the city.
Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan commenting on the funds allocated said, “I would like to acknowledge the fantastic work of the Heritage Council in supporting community heritage through this important scheme. As the scope and scale of these projects illustrate, communities play a vital role in caring for all aspects of our heritage. The new national heritage plan, Heritage Ireland 2030, which will be published later this summer, will recognise the role of communities in safeguarding our heritage and ensure that they continue to be supported.”
Chairman of The Heritage Council, Michael Parsons, added, “These schemes continue to provide a central focus for the work of The Heritage Council. They are testament to the close collaboration between the Council, local authorities and community groups, all sharing a common purpose.”
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