Featured Grant-Aided Projects

Browse through some of the projects previously funded through our various grants schemes. 

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Conservation Works at Kilabban Church Co, Laois

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
Conservation and stabilistation of masonry ruins at Killabban medieval church has continued, with work this year focusing on the chancel arch, the east gable and part of the south wall.

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SPAB Ireland Working Party

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
A three day event which involved re-pointing and structural repairs at ‘An Cabhail Mhór’ or ‘The Great Ruin’ in Killinaboy, Co. Clare through community workshops. A collaboration between SPAB Ireland, the Conservation Officer of Clare County Council and the Killinaboy Heritage and History Group

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Weight Station

Repairs to Weight Station at Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co.Roscommon

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
Restoration work carried out on wrought iron railing and gates for weigh bridge and cast iron weight scale.

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Lullymore West Bog

Conservation Management Plan for Butterflies on Lullymore West Bog

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
The development of a Conservation Management Plan for butterflies on Lullymore West Bog, Kildare 2018-2025.

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Connection with the Maigue River- Community Event Programme

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
This project aimed to connect members of the community with their local river, the Maigue and raise awareness of the natural heritage and amenity value of the river through environmental presentations and a kayaking trip. 

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Monksgrange Archives Project

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
Professional conservation and preservation treatment to 18th and 19th century letters and papers held in the Monksgrange Archives. The items for treatment were selected by a consultative team including historian/achivist Dr. Philip Bull, paper conservation specialist Susan Corr and archives manager Jeremy Hill.

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Kildare Curlew Project 2018

Funded under EYCH Community Grant Scheme 2018
Phase one of a three year plan to attempt to halt and reverse the decline of curlew at 5 sites in County Kildare . 
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Bat Conservation Ireland: BATLAS 2020

BATLAS 2020 is a three year programme (2016-2018) which will survey the bat population throughout Ireland, at eight survey points in every 10 km squared.  It’s a mammoth task which will involve over 150 volunteers, recording the presence or absence of common pipistrelle, soprano pilistrelle, Leisler’s bats and the Daubenton bat.   The plan is to update and improve on the data collected in BATLAS 2010, carried out ten years ago.
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Banagher Youthreach Swift Project

Birdwatch Ireland Swift Conservation 

Birdwatch Ireland trains teams of swift conservation volunteers – many of whom belong to Tidy Town groups and other community initiatives – to protect swift nesting sites as part of the Swift Conservation programme. There are between 500-600 volunteers in up to 50 community groups throughout Ireland. Read More

Little Tern

The Baltray Little Terns Conservation Scheme

Little terns are one of Ireland’s rarest breeding sea birds. Volunteers from the Louth Nature Trust spend up to 100 hours each season, protecting the nesting sites of Little Terns on a 1.5 km area of Baltray beach in County Louth. The beach is one of the sites that these summer migrants return to each year.
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Mulranney

Mulranney Environmental Group Habitat Mapping and Biodiversity Action Plan

The Habitat Mapping and Biodiversity Action Plan project sets out to map 1,750 hectares, taking in the Nephin Mountain range and the Corraun peninsula.  The landscape ranges from uplands to coastal areas, mature woodlands and wetlands. The Mulranney Environmental Group is hoping that the area will become a place for high nature value farming.  
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Irish Peatland Conservation Council Bog Restoration and Management 

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) is enhancing the breeding habitat of the beautiful golden brown patterned Marsh Fritillary butterfly at its site on Lullymore West Bog, County Kildare.  The cutaway bog which was donated to the IPCC by Bord na Mona, is now regenerating into a species rich grassland and moorland with a range of habitats.  
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Merlin Woods

Merlin Park Woods Heritage Conservation and Woodland Coppicing Research 2017

Merlin Park Woods, on the eastern side of Galway City is the largest and oldest urban woodland in the city. In recent times, nineteen butterfly species, five bat species, red squirrels and short-eared owls have all been identified in the woods. The community group, Friends of Merlin Park is actively campaigning to generate greater interest and understanding of the rich biodiversity of what is the city’s least used park. In 2017 the community group are holding workshops in woodland coppicing and stone wall restoration. 
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