Heritage News & Events 12.5.21

Kilkenny’s traditional shopfronts, lettering and signwriters
If you have any information, photos or stories about Kilkenny’s signwriters and the traditional shopfront signs that they created, we’d love to hear from you. The Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, with funding under the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme, has commissioned a lettering project to record the vernacular signage on the traditional shopfronts of Kilkenny City. This pilot study will inform a larger-scale project to document and raise awareness about the lettering styles, materials and craftspeople who developed our rich tradition of shopfront signage. If you have any information please email Deirdre Ring, Project Co-ordinator, at letteringprojectireland@gmail.com, or contact the Heritage Office at heritage@kilkennycoco.ie

Barn Owl and Swift Surveys for National Biodiversity Week 15th-23rd May
Just in time for this week’s National Biodiversity Week the Heritage Office is delighted to announce that we’ll shortly be starting countywide surveys of barn owls and swifts with our colleagues in Birdwatch Ireland, kindly funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. We’ll be putting out a call shortly to the public for information on roosting and nesting sites in your area.  Stay tuned for more!
National Biodiversity Week 2021 will be a virtual event with online events to celebrate our nature and biodiversity and communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating us to play our part in protecting it.  A range of materials to support family-friendly activities plus details of its 9th annual Biodiversity Photographer of the Year can be found on the website https://biodiversityweek.ie/about/

€312,000 grants for Kilkenny Historic Structures
Minister Noonan announced €312,000 in grants for Kilkenny Historic Structures Fund which is managed in Kilkenny by the Architectural Conservation Officer of Kilkenny County Council.  They are: Shee Alms House (€75K for 2021 & €75k 2022), Rothe House €50k, Shankill Castle €50k, Kells House €37k, Tynans Bridge House Bar Historic Shopfront €15k and Rose Cottage, Johnswell €10k.  To read the full grant list go to https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/03737-minister-noonan-announces-3m-in-funding-for-85-built-heritage-projects-under-historic-structures-fund-2021/

Royal Irish Academy – Ireland & Scotland Bilateral Network Grants
The Royal Irish Academy, in partnership with The Royal Society of Edinburgh and supported by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Scottish Government in Ireland, have opened applications for grants, titled ‘Revival, Resilience and Recovery: Cultural and Arts Sectors post Covid-19’.  The scheme will fund one grant in Ireland and one in Scotland to the value of £12,500.  Closing date for applications is 12th June 2021.  Further details and application forms/criteria available at https://www.ria.ie/news/grants-and-awards/new-irelandscotland-bilateral-network-grants-scheme-opening