Mount Melleray Abbey is one the 370 heritage projects across the country have been awarded funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018. 

The scheme will provide a €2 million euro investment in 2018 for the repair and conservation of historic structures. 

Mount Melleray has been granted €8,000 while St Anne’s Church in Cappoquin and Cappoquin House have been granted €2,500 each.

Cappoquin House is an 18th century Georgian mansion built on the site of an old Fitzgerald castle which is open to visitors from April 3 to May 23 and from 18th August to 26th August. 

€2,500 was also granted to St Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore and to a private thatched dwelling just outside of Tallow in Glenaglogh. 

The BHIS provides funding for works to protected structures in private and public ownership. Of the 370 structures awarded funding, many are historic places of worship and residences.

A number are for re-thatching of buildings of special interest and there are repairs to follies, cathedrals, mills and forges among the successful projects. 

These grants have been awarded following assessments by local authorities who accepted applications from members of the public and put recommended projects forward to the Minister for approval. 

Funding was also granted to The Lodge in Castle Oliver Kilmallock, Ash Hill Stud, Kilmallock and Fitzgerald's thatched house in Knockainey, Co Limerick.