WILDLIFE, heritage and tourism projects in Limerick city and county will receive €147,000 in funding from the Heritage Council this year.
Work can begin immediately on a number of projects which range from the conservation of medieval town defence walls to the digitisation of vulnerable materials and supporting endangered wildlife to thrive in their natural habitats.
€51,000 has been allocated to Limerick City and County Council to consolidate a 60 metre stretch of the city’s historic walls adjoining the work carried out on the project last year.
The Hunt Museum will use its almost €20,000 funding to make the museum work better for the visually impaired and promote learning for all through the use of digital interactivity.
The Knockfierna Heritage Society will use its €17,500 funding to improve access and preserve the Sweat House, a national monument, at the Commons of Knockfierna.
The projects are scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
The Heritage Council says that the restoration of historically significant buildings, as well as the funding given to upgrade and update websites and accessibility, will attract more tourists; create greater footfall to the benefit of local economies while the preservation of habitats will allow wildlife to flourish.
Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien said that funding of this nature is crucial in giving heritage volunteers and professionals the support they need to safeguard the built, cultural and natural heritage.
Chairperson of The Heritage Council, Martina Moloney, said: “The range of projects funded mirrors the variety of our heritage and the commitment of the grass roots groups who do such important work in caring for our heritage.”