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Saturday, 30th November 2019

O'Dowd Encourages Council to apply for Historic Towns Initiative

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.

Drogheda TD, Fergus O’Dowd, has encouraged Louth County Council to apply for the 2020 Historic Towns Initiative that will provide €1 million in funding for heritage-led regeneration in historic towns throughout the country.

O’Dowd said “Heritage led regeneration will help a historic town such as Drogheda ramp up inward investment and make the town a more attractive place to live and work in.

“A town seeking to benefit from the Historic Towns Initiative should possess significant cultural and heritage assets, Drogheda has these in abundance with St Laurence’s Gate, Millmount, The Old Abbey, Magadalene Tower, the list goes on and on.”

“The HTI 2020 is open for applications from local authorities from 5 December 2019. Funding applications must be submitted via the Heritage Council’s online grants system. The closing date is 7 February 2020.”

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The Heritage Council was established under the Heritage Act 1995 with responsibility to propose polices and priorities for the national heritage. It works in co-operation with a range of agencies, communities and individuals to promote education, enjoyment and understanding of our national heritage. For further information, visit:

 The HTI programme is intended to support a small number of towns in 2020. Applications will only be accepted from local authorities and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis in accordance with the assessment criteria set out in the guidelines at

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