As part of Heritage Week, the Irish Georgian Society will be highlighting through its social media pages a selection of the c. 160 projects the Irish Georgian Society has supported since the year 2000 through its Conservation Grants Programme. With in excess of €1.6m in grants awarded during this time, the Society has assisted conservation works to ‘structures of significant architectural merit’ throughout Ireland, ranging from country and town houses, to churches, follies and garden buildings. The initiative is an essential and ongoing part of the Society’s works and is made possible through IGS Inc in the United States and IGS London. The size of grants awarded has varied over twenty years, depending on the nature of projects and indeed on the Society’s resources in any given year. Substantial support was provided for the restoration of important interiors in Headfort, Co. Meath, and Kilshannig, Co. Cork, to the Georgian garden of No. 63 Merrion Square, Dublin, and to roof repairs at Barmeath Castle, Co. Louth. Smaller grants have assisted with the repair of countless roofs, windows and gutters, and enabled the preparation of conservation plans that can provide essential road maps in the restoration of historic buildings.
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