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Structures at Risk Fund for 2016 (now closed)

The Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced the Structures at Risk Fund for 2016 with a total (countrywide) fund available of €624,000. Full details of the scheme and application form are available here at this link SRF 2016 Circular-FINAL- March 2016

The purpose of the SRF is to assist with works to safeguard structures included in the Record of Protected Structures and structures which contribute to the character of Architectural Conservation Areas. Only structures or parts of structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding by DAHG.

Offaly County Council may submit 3 applications to the DAHG for consideration and one of these may be for an Irish Historic House in private ownership. The link to "Action Plan for Historic Irish Houses" is here An Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of the Irish Historic House in Private Ownership

If you are interested in making an application for consideration by Offaly County Council, the closing date for applications was Friday 15 April 2016.

For further details contact Rachel McKenna, Senior Executive Architect, Offaly County Council, 057 93 46800.


A grant of two thirds of the approved cost, up to a maximum of €3,810 is available for owner occupied houses. Contact the Housing Grants Section, DOEHLG, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 24200 or Locall 1890 305030 - HA2T Memorandum and the HA1/90 Application Form. or see

Living under Thatch by Barry O'Reilly, 2004, Mercier Press, provides a profile of thatched properties in Offaly and practical advice on how to take care of them. Available from Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society or through

Refer to the National Inventory of Ireland website for detailed information regarding Thatch in Ireland - including a recently published report, a list of insurance companies, sourcing thatch materials and contact details for thatchers in Ireland

Section 482, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997

Section 482 provides tax relief to the owner/occupier of an approved building (including surrounding garden), or an approved garden existing independently in respect of expenditure incurred on the repair, maintenance or restoration of the approved building or garden. However certain conditions relating to public access apply. For more details see a list of Section 482 properties in Offaly see list.

Irish Georgian Society

The Irish Georgian Society has a grant scheme - for details email

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016 (now closed)

Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for 2016, as operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This scheme seeks to encourage the leveraging of private capital to invest in a number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve Protected Structures and Proposed Protected Structures and in certain cases, for the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople.

The scheme will be administered by Offaly County Council from a total fixed allocation of €50,000 for County Offaly. Grants of between €2,500 and €10,000 will be awarded, with applicants required to provide a minimum of 50% of total costs. Applicants should read the guidelines and be familiar with the qualifying criteria and conditions of the scheme and must include photographs of the proposed works in their application.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016 Guidance Form.pdf (size 913.9 KB)

Offaly County Council received 14 applications of which 13 qualified under the terms of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016. Following assessment of these applications based on the criteria, as set out by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Offaly County Council submitted a provisional list for their approval. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys, T.D. has approved in principle, funding for the following successful applicants under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016:

BH 1601Birr Castle
BH 1602Gloster House, Brosna
BH 1603Oxmantown Theatre, Oxmantown Mall
BH 1604Derrinclare Cottage, Shinrone
BH 1605Springmount Mill
BH 1606The Old Glebe, Banagher
BH 1607Quaker Meeting House, Clara
BH 1608St. Catherine's Church, Tullamore
BH 1609Former Garda Station, Geashill Village
BH 1610Bloomville House
BH 1611Mount Saint Joseph, Roscrea
BH 1612Methodist Church, Tullamore
BH 1614Townsend Street, Birr