Heritage News and Events 22nd November

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andrew.slevin • 22 November 2022


Built Heritage Grant Schemes 2023 announced: Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2023 were recently announced by Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. These schemes offer grant assistance for essential conservation works to Protected Structures or buildings in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), with funding also available for vernacular structures and historic shop fronts. For details of these grant schemes and to download an application form see: http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/planning/conservationheritage/conservationheritagegrants/  *Apply by 31st January. If you have any queries in relation to these schemes contact Heritage@Westmeathcoco.ie

The Community Monument Fund from the National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is now open for applications. The Community Monuments Fund aims to assist with conservation, research and interpretation of archaeological monuments by communities and private owners. Funding is available in three streams:

Stream 1 for essential repairs and conservation works at archaeological monuments.

Stream 2 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports to identify necessary conservation measures and any issues requiring future attention.

Stream 3 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation at archaeological monuments, including development of online interpretative material.

For details and application forms see: http://bit.ly/3qmqID3  (scroll down). Apply by 31st Jan 2023. If you have queries in relation to this grant scheme contact heritage@wetmeathcoco.ie

The Latest Decade of Centenaries Blog: ‘Alice Ginnell’s Civil War: December 1921 to July 1922' by Historian in Residence Ian Kenneally can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/3OnaUOg


Wed 23rd  Nov. 8 pm in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar:  Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society 'Burning the Big House’,  part of the Decade of Centenaries series, supported by Westmeath County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture arts Gaeltacht Sports and Media. The speaker is the acknowledged expert on the Big House in Ireland, Prof Terry Dooley from Maynooth University. Terry is Head of Department and Director, Centre for the study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates. This theme is relevant to Westmeath as Sonna House and Moydrum Castle were just two of the many Big Houses caught up in the Civil War conflagrations during 1922/23. Prof Dooley’s recent best-selling classic on the implications of the Civil War for the Big House, Burning the Big House has been described as one of the most substantial contributions to the historiography of modern Ireland. Terry will be selling and signing copies of the reprinted edition of this important publication after the lecture. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. 

Sat 26th Nov 9:30am: Communities Caring For Water Conference you can log onto to using this link: Communities Caring for Water Conference 2022 (zoom.us)

Hedge laying Association of Ireland is running a series of workshops: Hedge laying is an ancient skill, involving a rejuvenative process that keeps the hedgerow young and vigorous indefinitely Training days will teach you to begin managing your own hedgerows and to judge when it is necessary to seek the assistance of an accredited hedge layer. Upcoming training sessions include Sat 26th NovTinamuck, Co. Offaly; Thurs, 1st Dec – Tinamuck, Co. Offaly. For details or to book see: https://hedgelaying.ie/index.php/hedge-laying-training/