Coonan welcomes funding for Tipperary Churches

Noel Coonan TD has welcomed funding announced for Lisbunny Church, Ardcroney Church and Friary Church. The funding comes under the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltachts’s ‘Structures at Risk Fund 2013’.

Noel Coonan TD has welcomed funding announced for Lisbunny Church, Ardcroney Church and Friary Church. The funding comes under the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltachts’s ‘Structures at Risk Fund 2013’.

Lisbunny Church, Nenagh has been allocated €10,000. Ardrconey Church & Tower has been given €10,000 and Friary Church, Clonmel will receive €10,000 also.

Deputy Coonan said: “This funding will help support owners and occupiers of the three historic protected structures in Tipperary. Despite our budgetary constraints in Government, we want to look after our rich heritage as much as we can.

The funding is allocated to enable conservation works to forty-five heritage structures nationwide in both private and public ownership deemed to be at significant risk of deterioration and which are protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2012.”

This scheme, which has been in operation since 2011, has encouraged regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and helped to secure the preservation of protected structures which may otherwise have been lost. Including the properties to be supported in 2013 announced on Friday, since the introduction of the scheme over 115 structures have secured funding.