Community Monuments Fund

The Community Monuments Fund is a new programme which aims to assist with conservation, research and interpretation of archaeological monuments by communities and private owners. The scheme is funded by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and is administered in Laois by the Heritage Office of Laois County Council.

The Community Monuments fund for 2022 is currently OPEN for applications, details are here.

Community Monuments Fund 2021

The Community Monuments Fund in Laois in 2021 funded six projects. Follow links below for full details of the projects or to download reports.

  • Conservation of Masonry at Killabban Medieval Church
  • Conservation of Dysart Enos Church
  • Conservation of boundary wall at Old St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise
  • Research into archaeology at the Heath, Portlaoise
  • Conservation Management Plan for St Bridget’s Church, Kilbreedy
  • Installation of Interpretation at Killabban Church

An additional project led by Carlow County Museum saw the grave effigy of medieval knight Robert Hartpole conserved and returned from Portarlington to Carlow.

A reconstruction of what Killabban might have looked like in the 7th Century, by Marc Guernon (c)

Community Monuments Fund 2020

The Community Monuments Fund came into being in September 2020. Projects completed in 2020 with full details and reports as relevant are below.

Conservation of Masonry at Killabban Church

Conservation Plan for Dysartgallen Medieval Church and Graveyard

Conservation Plan Phase I for Kilmanman Graveyard

Recording memorials of Old Lea Graveyard

Conservation work underway at Dysart Enos Church, Ratheniska