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Templebreedy Graveyard to receive €29,720 as part of Archaeological Heritage Projects in Cork County


By Tara Maher

It was announced that eight important archaeological heritage projects in Cork County are set to receive over €420,000 from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the 2024 Community Monuments Fund. Administered locally by Cork County Council, the fund was established in 2020 to conserve, maintain, protect, and promote local archaeological monuments and historic sites. 

Templebreedy Graveyard was named alongside Bandon Town Wall, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal, Castlefreke Church of Ireland in Rathbarry and at Kilgullane Church and Graveyard in Fermoy Municipal District.

The funding will go towards improved access and signage.


Welcoming the allocations, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn, said, ‘Since it first commenced in 2020, the Community Monuments Fund has supported some excellent projects in County Cork. Not only does the scheme support the upkeep of the county’s precious archaeological heritage, it also encourages local groups to get involved. The awarding of over €400,000 under this year’s scheme will support some excellent projects.” 

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Valerie O’Sullivan added, ‘This year’s Community Monuments Fund allocation for eight different projects hints at the depth of archaeological heritage in the county, supporting projects from churches and to an industrial mill complex amongst others. Since 2020, the county has seen an investment of over €1.33 million through the scheme and it will continue to support the preservation of some 19,000 archaeological monuments in the County of Cork.’ 

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