It is vital that more money be invested in heritage, Cllr Jim Casey told North Tipperary County Council’s budget meeting.
The Cloughjordan-based councillor appealed for funding to be set aside as early as possible to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016 as the village is the only place in Tipperary that is being recognised as being part of the national commemorations.
Cloughjordan is the birthplace of Tomas MacDonagh, one of the seven signatories to the Proclamation.
“We are already making plans for 1916. You can’t prepare for that in months. We should be providing funding for it now with lead-in grants,” said Cllr Casey.
“We will need a bit of back-up,” he said.
The Fianna Fail councillor was supported by Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, who said it was “extremely important” to promote heritage.
The Labour councillor pointed out how important Nenagh Heritage Centre was to the town.
“Quite a number of visitors to the centre stay over in Nenagh and contribute to the local economy,” she said. “We should try and put more money into it.”
Cllr Michael O’Meara, Independent, also agreed,and pointing to how his native Lorrha had been successful in organising events for The Gathering, said: “Money put into heritage is well spent.”
Mayor Ger Darcy praised the work of those behind the Tomas MacDonagh Centre in Cloughjordan, saying they had done so much to promote his life and work.
He agreed that funding should be set aside now as “2016 is only around the corner”.
County CEO Joe MacGrath replied he would look at funding for Cloughjordan, and said there may be some national funding coming to mark the Rising commemorations.