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‘Adopt a Monument’ in Inishowen 07.10.21

THE Heritage Council is looking for new groups to join its ‘Adopt a Monument’ programme and to adopt a monument in Inishowen. Applications are open until 5pm on Tuesday, 2nd of November. The scheme is designed to identity a monument in your locality that would benefit from some care and attention and to support a local community group’s efforts to get involved in its management.  It aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and heritage sites.
Malin Head Heritage Group secured funding this year to undertake detailed engineering and conservation proposals to stabilise and conserve Malin Well Old Church, an archaeological monument in private ownership in Ballygorman. Malin Well Old Church joined the Heritage Council’s ‘Adopt a Monument’ scheme in 2019.
Eligible monuments can be anything from an archaeological monument, a historic building, an example of our built heritage, an aspect of industrial heritage or a cultural landscape feature.
“The Adopt a Monument Scheme is a new way of bringing monuments into the heart of a community” said Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation at The Heritage Council. “For participants, it offers opportunities to work collaboratively, to undertake research, and to get to know more about the history of their area. For the monuments, the scheme has the potential to ensure ongoing maintenance and care, greater protection through increased civic value, and much higher standards of interpretation and understanding.”

Communities in Inishowen are encouraged to apply, including new communities and minority groups, as well as established voluntary groups that have been caring for a monument for years. The Adopt a Monument Scheme offers opportunities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of heritage sites in your local area; collaborate and work together as a community; participate in community development; boost regional tourism, business and employment opportunities; and develop and understand the story of your locality and learn new skills.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday, 2nd of November, 2021. Further details and an application form are available at www.heritagecouncil.ie . Completed applications should be sent by email to adoptamonument@heritagecouncil.ie . Advice and assistance on making an application is available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on 074 91 72576 or by email at heritage@donegalcoco.ie .
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