A number of interesting heritage projects in County Mayo have received support under the Heritage Council Grant Scheme for 2014.
Mayo heritage projects to receiving funding include Mayo Habitat Survey and Mapping which will involve a detailed field survey and map of the habitats in and around 6 towns – Ballina, Louisburgh, Claremorris, Cong, Crossmolina and Foxford
Other interesting projects include repairing the early 19th century cast iron spire on Hollymount church ruin and the restoration of traditional farming landscapes for corncrakes.
County Mayo Heritage Projects to receive funding in 2014
• Mayo Heritage Communication and Awareness Programme 2014 – develop and deliver a co-ordinated and strategic programme of heritage events to raise awareness of the heritage of Co. Mayo, including its value and economic benefit. The programme will include holding a number of heritage seminars/wprkshops for communities during the year and the promotion and co-ordination of events for Heritage Week, Biodiversity Week and Culture Night. A key aspect of this project is to provide support to communities to organise Heritage Week events.
• Develop online video on the care and conservation of historic graveyards in Mayo, to raise awareness of the importance of these heritage sites and promote best practice in their care and conservation. The video will highlight the importance of historic graveyards, the main issues associated with them and how best to care for them. It will consist of footage from a selection of graveyards highlighting features to be found in them, including sites that have been the subject of successful conservation projects and “clean-up” schemes.
• Mayo Habitat Survey and Mapping – the aim of this project is to carry out a detailed field survey and map the habitats in and around 6 towns in Mayo including Ballina, Louisburgh, Claremorris, Cong, Crossmolina and Foxford. The presence, ecological status and the effectiveness of existing and potential ecological corridors between areas of biodiversity interest will be identified, surveyed and mapped. Liaison with the public and landowners in the areas surveyed will ensure public awareness of the project being undertaken.
Restoration of traditional farming landscapes for corncrakes
• Management of Corncrakes – the continued improvement and restoration of traditional farming landscapes for corncrakes in Donegal and Mayo. To include further maintenance and creation of habitat on Tory Island and Termoncarragh meadows. Benefits to local communities will include increased tourism and learning of new skills in wildlife management.
• To evaluate the use of laser scanning as a management tool within the museum environment, to assist with management of the collection and assessing the conservation requirements. It is a partnership between Darina Tully (TBI), the Curators of The National Museum of Country life, and the Ionad Deirbhe, Belmullet.
• Hollymount Cast Iron Spire – to repair and make safe and secure the early 19C cast iron spire on Hollymount church ruin.