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The government is about to spend €60,000 repairing the roof of an old prison

This comes as part of a bigger investment into historic properties and monuments.

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IT HAS BEEN today announced that a number of historic properties and national monuments around Ireland are set to receive investment.

In total €350,000 will be given over to their maintenance and preservation.

This will include €60,000 going to the re-roofing of the east wing of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.

The funding to carry out this work will be provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and will be carried out in conjunction with the Office of Public Works.

In total, the seven projects included under the scheme are:

National Monuments

  • Re-roofing of the east wing at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin – €60,000,
  • Repair of the graveyard wall at Tara, Co Meath – €30,000, and,
  • Access, safety and presentation works to Carlingford Castle, Co Louth – €85,000.

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Historic properties 

  • Conservation woks to summer house in Derrynane, Co Kerry – €40,000, 
  • Stone work to walled garden in Garinish Island, Co Cork – €40,000, 
  • Dwelling on the Blasket Islands for staff shelter, Co Kerry – €45,000, and,
  • Completion of conservation works to the follies, St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin – €50,000. 

Speaking about the conservation work, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, said:

These historic properties and monuments boost Ireland’s appeal as a tourist destination and are also a great source of pride at a local level. Through this round of funding, projects stretching from Dublin to the Blasket Islands will benefit.

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