St Columba’s Church and Round Tower received notice this week that they are one of 95 heritage projects that will receive funds under the Community Monuments Fund.
Some €120,000 will go towards phase two conservation works at the heritage site and will include repointing eroded masonry the removal of unstable floor remnants.
Welcoming the funding, Cllr Ian Carey said:
“St Columba’s Church and the heritage complex that surround it is one of the most important historical sites in Swords. It is so important that we protected and conserve what we have and also look to developing the area so that others can appreciated the rich heritage we have on our doorstep.
“It is really fantastic to see the continued commitment by this government to concerving and developing the site. It’s a gem and I’d love to see it get the attention it really deserves.”
Four heritage sites are to benefit from the Community Monuments Fund along with a new Fingal Historic Tombs Project.
In total, 95 heritage projects across the country will receive a total of €4.5m as part of the Historic Structures Fund, as announced by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD. This comes in addition to another €4.5 million also to support heritage buildings announced earlier this month under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.
Joe O’Brien TD said:
“We are incredibly lucky in Fingal to have a very rich and beautiful stock of local heritage and it is important to ensure that we preserve and protect it. This funding, from my Green Party colleague, Malcolm Noonan, TD, for four key sites and an exciting Fingal Historic Tombs Project will help to safeguard our history.
“These sites and buildings are an important part of our culture and they need to be conserved so that our communities can continue to enjoy them long into the future. Through this investment, the Green Party continues to celebrate the value and diversity of our built heritage, while also protecting our history for future generations.”