Council Granted Over €90K For Castleisland Castle Works

Last August, Minister for Education, Norma Foley, TD visited the surveying team at the Castleisland Castle site. With Minister Foley on the occasion were: Marie O’Sullivan, project spokesperson; Bill Keane, Clarkbond Structural Engineers, London; Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of the Castleisland Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District; Rob McGuire, Castle of the Island Society founder; Robert Greer, masonry expert; Mary O’Connell, MOC Architects, Killarney and Tom McCarthy, Castle of the Island Society secretary. ©Photograph: John Reidy 23-8-2021.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, announced grants on Tuesday which have been included under the community monuments fund.

Included in the mainly South Kerry recipients in this announcement is Castleisland Castle which is to get €90,746.50 under this heading following a successful application by Kerry County Council in this instance.

The Castle of the Island Society which has promoted the preservation of the structure in recent years has no association with the current announcement by Minister Noonan.

Other Kerry recipients includes: Killagh Priory in Kilcolman, Milltown is to receive €80,690 while the Cill Buaine Early Ecclesiastical Site on the Iveragh Peninsula has been allocated €29,520 while the sum of €28,966.50 will be shared between six graveyards at Abbey Island, Ventry, the old Kenmare cemetery, Kilmore, Kilshannig and Greenane.

Local Monuments and Historic Sites

The core objective of the fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites.

It supports a broad range of measures aimed at protecting and promoting archaeological monuments, including emergency conservation repair works at monuments, masonry repair, the development of conservation management plans, access infrastructure and the installation of interpretation signage.

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