Heritage News and Events 25th Jan

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andrew.slevin • 26 January 2023


Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme National Fund of €40,000 is available for conservation works to structures of significant architectural merit. Homan Potterton Conservation Grant is making €10,000 to Georgian buildings of architectural merit anywhere in the counties of Meath or Westmeath. Deadline for applications:  5pm 20th Feb. application forms available to download here.

Westmeath County Council invites applications for Grant support for Festivals and Events to be held Jan – June 2023. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage and promote local events particularly events that involve significant voluntary input and generate increased economic and community activity for the local area.  For details see: http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/yourcouncil/councilnews/festivaleventgrantscheme-round12023.html Deadline for applications: 10th March.  

REMINDER Grant deadlines approaching:

Waterways Ireland Heritage in the Community Grants Scheme 2023  Heritage Grant 2023 - Application Guidance. The deadline for receipt of Application Form 2023 is  31st Jan 2023


Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) offers grant assistance for essential conservation works to Protected Structures, buildings in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), and thatched buildings.

Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is aimed towards Protected Structures in community use with funding also available for historic shop fronts and vernacular structures. For details of these grant schemes and to download an application form see: http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/planning/conservationheritage/conservationheritagegrants/ If you have any queries in relation to these schemes contact Heritage@Westmeathcoco.ie deadline for applications is 31st Jan.


The Community Monument Fund (CMF) from the National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is 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://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/planning/conservationheritage/conservationheritagegrants/ (scroll down). Deadline for applications is 31st Jan


If you have any queries in relation to these grant schemes contact Heritage@Westmeathcoco.ie


Local Authority Waters and Communities web portal is now open for applications to the Community Water Development Fund for 2023. Deadline for application : 7th Feb 12pm. Access the application form and guidelines: Log in | Online Consultation Portal of the Waters and Communities Office



Wed 25th Jan, 8pm Greville Arms Hotel: Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society host Mr Justice Peter Charleton for a talk on Hitler’s Hangman - Reinhard Heydrich: a multimedia presentation on the life and assassination of Hitler’s most notorious henchman.


Connecting Communities with Peatlands  - Social Media training for Community Groups. Free online courses delivered by Sandra Hennessey from Be Dynamic focus on how communities can make Facebook and Instagram work smarter for them and raise awareness about their work. Email aoife@irishrurallink.ie to register.

Wed 1st Feb 10am-12.30pm Advanced Facebook

Wed 8th  Feb 10am-12.30pm Advanced Instagram


Thurs 2nd Feb 7:30- 8.00:30 Stories from the waterside: Radio presenter Jim Finn will discuss the background to the stories and some of the authors will read their stories. To register for this event please visit  www.LAwaters.ie


Sun 5th Feb 10am – 2pm  Ardan Wood Volunteer for a Tree Planting event with the Native Woodland Trust https://goo.gl/maps/ZWq163Qu7bHSCAWa7

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/523631514957 Due to limited parking, numbers are limited to 25 volunteers. Note Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.


Sun 5th February 2pm: It’s Time for Wetland Restoration. To mark World Wetlands Day Dr George F Smith of the Westmeath Wetland Survey will lead a walk and talk on Cloncrow Bog to see the cutting-edge restoration works there.  Meet at Tyrellspass Castle and wear wellies and suitable outdoor clothing.