The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.



Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications to Irish Language Shopfront Pilot Scheme under the Historic Structures Fund 2021, as operated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Irish language signs were once a common sight on shopfronts in our towns and villages, but they are an increasingly rare sight, with many a reminder of a shop long since closed. Some emerge during renovation and other works to existing shops – a reminder of a past life for a building. A new fund seeks to bring these old, often faded signs back to their former glories.

Irish Language Shopfront Scheme 2021 will be administered by Offaly County Council from a total national allocation of €100,000. Grants of between €15,000 and €50,000 may be awarded for eligible projects which include refurbishment and conservation works to historic shop facades, windows and signage, covering up to 80% of eligible 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. To qualify, structures must be included, or proposed for inclusion in the Record of Protected Structures.

Press release HSF Irish language shopfronts (00000002.pdf (size 448.4 KB)

Press release HSF Irish language shopfronts (Gaeilge).pdf.pdf (size 434.4 KB)

HSF2021 - Appendix I - Form A (Applicant) Irish shopfronts.docx.docx (size 86.6 KB)

HSF2021 - Aguisín I - Foirm A (Iarratasóir) Aghaidheanna Siopaí Gaeilge.docx.docx (size 84.4 KB)

How to make an application

Application forms and particulars for the above scheme are available to download at  or alternatively hard copies can be obtained from Planning Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (057 9357414). Electronic applications are also welcome and must be sent to The closing date for all applications is 4pm Tuesday 1st June 2021. Applications must be clearly marked Irish Language Shopfront Scheme 2021 and addressed to the Planning Department, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly. Please make your application by one medium only to avoid duplication. Late applications will not be accepted


Stephane Duclot

Director of Services,

Planning Department 18th May 2021