€10,000 has been allocated to Offaly County Council to protect the heritage building known as the Former Estate Workers Cottage in the picturesque village of Geashill.
The money has been made available from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under their Structures at Risk Fund, which assists with works to safeguard buildings which are protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2011.
The news has been welcomed by Offaly Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
“I am delighted that this money has been allocated to help preserve some of our most important historical buildings and this type of work is vital in order to safeguard our rich heritage and attract visitors,” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.
She went on to say that the money allocated to Geashill “is part of an overall national spend of €712,000 announced by Minister Deenihan.”
She added that, this year already, 41 projects in 27 local authority areas are being supported.
“This is an investment not just in our cultural heritage but also in our tourism industry. Our old and historical buildings are a real national asset and are a significant factor in attracting visitors to Ireland. Foreign and domestic tourism is a major source of job creation and provides financial benefit to many communities,” concluded Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.