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Heritage Council Funding for Wicklow

Green Party TD, Steven Matthews has welcomed the report published by The Heritage Council outlining that so far this year, over €224,000 has been awarded by the group to multiple projects across Wicklow. The Heritage Council has put particular emphasis in recent years in supporting communities and towns across the country and Wicklow has seen significant support as a result.

Discussing the report, Deputy Matthews said:

“I was delighted to read the report which contextualises the level of support that Wicklow has received so far this year from the Heritage Council. Often these announcements are one off but when put in this wider context, it shows the hugely positive level of investment and support that community groups in Wicklow have received this year.

“I work closely with the council on various issues, particularly in my role as Chair of the Oireachtas Committee that deals with heritage supports and to see Wicklow getting this level of support in just the first six months of this year, is extremely rewarding.

Local Wicklow projects funded for 2023:

· Birdwatch Ireland

· Rathnew Heritage Club

· Roundwood and District – Historical, Archaeological and Folklore Society

· ReWild Wicklow

· Avoca Parish Finance Committee

· Arklow Town Team

· Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

· Wicklow Uplands Council

· Alfred Beit Foundation

· Wicklow Community Archaeological Project (Wicklow CoCo)

· Glendalough Community Excavation (Wicklow CoCo)

· Our Wicklow Heritage (Wicklow CoCo)

“I look forward to working with the groups that received funding to work towards completing their project gaols and in particular with Wicklow County Council on their community-based projects. If any community or local group wants help about how to apply for Heritage Council support, I would be more than happy to sit down with them to discuss the process.

“This is excellent, targeted funding that directly supports community projects in Wicklow, and I will continue to work with the Heritage Council to advocate for further funding this year and again next year in the context of their budgetary decisions”, concluded Deputy Matthews.



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