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Over €100k funding for Inishowen monuments 25.04.22

THREE archaeological monuments in Inishowen are set to benefit from over €100,000 in funding under the Community Monuments Fund.

Funding has been allocated to Malin Head Community Association for conservation works to Malin Well Old Church in Ballygorman townland (€64,193) and to Northburgh Castle Conservation Group (€30,000) for a detailed method statement and tender documentation to Northburgh Castle, Greencastle. Funding was also awarded to Fahan Community Development Partnership (€8,165) to develop an interactive virtual tour of St. Mura’s Graveyard in Fahan and to continue to monitor the stability of St. Mura’s Cross.
Malin Head Community Association has secured funding to undertake conservation works to Malin Well Old Church, an archaeological monument in private ownership in Ballygorman.
Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer, explains: “The Community Monuments Fund provides 100% funding for the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of archaeological monuments and historic sites by private owners, custodians, community groups or local authorities.
“There has been great interest in the Community Monuments Fund since it was introduced in 2020 and this is testament to the strength of the heritage sector in County Donegal and the importance of our archaeological heritage to society, tourism and local economies.”

If you would like to find out what known archaeological monuments are in your area, you can consult the National Monuments Service website at www.archaeology.ie .

Advance consent for any works to, or in the vicinity of, an archaeological monument must be obtained from the National Monuments Service. If you are the owner or guardian of an archaeological monument or historic site or are involved with a community group that would like to conserve your local archaeological heritage, advice is available from the County Donegal Heritage Office by e-mail at heritage@donegalcoco.ie or on 074 91 72576.
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