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€1 million in funding announced for six historic towns around Ireland

The funding is being made available through the Historic Towns Initiative.

Ballina, Co Mayo
Ballina, Co Mayo
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SIX HISTORIC TOWNS will share €1 million funding under the Historic Towns Initiative 2020, it has been announced. 

The initiative is a joint project between the Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. 

The towns receiving funding this year are:

  • Tralee, Co Kerry – €200,000
  • Ramelton, Co Donegal – €200,000
  • Ballina, Co Mayo – €140,000
  • Roscommon, Co Roscommon – €157,000
  • Sligo, Co Sligo – €200,000
  • Clones, Co Monaghan – €103,000

The six towns were selected following a competitive process inviting local authorities to propose projects for heritage-led regeneration in one historic town in their area.

The selection process was completed in February, however, it was delayed in line with public health restrictions. 

“We are in unprecedented times and our communities have been confronted with challenges and hardships that are both unique and extraordinary. My hope is that funding such as this can, through heritage-led regeneration, bring economic benefits to our historic towns helping them to prosper once again,” Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said. 

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“We wish to put built, cultural and natural heritage at the front of both government policy and the recovery of the country, and so I look forward to working with the Heritage Council and the Department on similar initiatives over the coming months and years,” he said. 

Further information on the Historic Towns Initiative can be found here.

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