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andrew.slevin • 28 September 2022

Conservation Advice Pilot Grant Scheme will provide grants of €3,000 (ex. VAT) to cover the cost of having a conservation-accredited architect visit a protected structure, conduct a survey, and compile tailored conservation advice for the property owner. The report will suggest a maintenance schedule for the building, and outline repairs and improvements which would enhance the building’s character, integrity, and amenity.  The aim of the scheme is to help owners of protected structures to understand the value and potential of the architectural heritage of their buildings, and to prompt them to consider investments which could enhance that value, whether funded privately or through conservation grants. Full details and application forms are available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/32ae3-financial-assistance-for-architectural-heritage/. Applications to be sent to builtheritage@housing.gov.ie by Friday, September 30thusing the subject line ‘Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme’. Alternatively, applicants may submit their form by post to Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme, Built Heritage Policy Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 1.06 Custom House, D01 W6X0 by the same date.

Video – Live display of the aquatic invasive species in the River Shannon - What are Quagga Mussels and Asian Clams? Dr Jan-Robert Baars and researchers monitoring and surveying the River Shannon show some examples of the invasive alien species found there. They explain how the species are threatening the ecology of the River Shannon and outline their potential impacts on our native species. This video was filmed during a Heritage Week event at Coosan Point in August 2022. It was made on behalf of Coosan Community Development Group, with funding from the Local Authorities Water Programme in conjunction with Westmeath County Council. A survey of Quagga Mussels in the Shannon catchment is being carried out by AQUENS Ltd. with funding from the Local Biodiversity Action Fund, Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage with support from relevant Local Authorities; Leitrim County Council, Longford County Council, Roscommon County Council, Westmeath County Council, Offaly County Council, Galway County Council, Tipperary County Council, Clare County Council, Limerick County Council. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aemBdbT4n4w

Public consultation for Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan is open - submissions are invited through www.gov.ie/biodiversityplan. The public consultation will close on 9 November and the 4th NBAP will be published in early 2023.

Decade of Centenaries – Essay Competition Secondary Schools - Westmeath County Council, as part of its Decade of Centenaries programme, invites entries to a new essay competition open to all senior cycle students. The competition is focused on Westmeath during the War of Independence (1919-1921) and/or Civil War (1922-1923). Contributors are asked to write about any aspect of that period in Westmeath's history. Contributors may concentrate on a particular person, group, organisation, place or event. Apart from political and military topics, contributions on cultural, social and sporting topics are welcome. The winning entry will be published in local press. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Thursday 3rd  November and the full competition details and details of prizes can be found at http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/decadeofcentenaries.

Art 2023 – Participation Award

In response to the final phase of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023, the Arts Council is working in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to support the creation of a national programme, Art 2023.  This award is for professional artists and arts organisations to collaborate with communities across Ireland to create ambitious works of impact. This award is a call to professional artists and arts organisations across all artforms to create ambitious work in collaboration with communities of interest and/or place. The outcomes of this award will form a programme of work contributing to the final phase of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023.

Max Award: €150,000 Deadline: 17:30, Thursday 13th October, More Info: https://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Art-2023-%E2%80%93-Participation-Award/

Voting is now open for the Farming for Nature Awards 2022 Westmeath farmer James Ham is among the 15 nominees. For details and to vote see: https://www.farmingfornature.ie/awards/voting/ deadline for voting 28th October

If you missed the Westmeath episode of Tune in to Cúltír (‘Hinterland’) on TG4 on Sunday September 18th at 9.30pm  which featured local music and visits to the lakes, to Belvedere and the Hill of Uisneach you can watch it back: https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/play/?pid=6312354949112&title=An%20Iarmh%C3%AD&series=C%C3%BAlt%C3%ADr&genre=Ceol&pcode=622934