On Tuesday 7th May 2015, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announced that 5 Grenville Place, George Boole’s house, is to receive a generous grant from the Structures at Risk Fund, 2015.
Minister Humphreys released a list of 28 structures which have been recognised for both their special place in Ireland’s architectural heritage and also the urgency of required work. Ms Humphreys described that the fund provides targeted investment in the most vulnerable aspects of our built heritage: 'This fund will help to ensure the survival of some of Ireland’s most significant architectural, cultural, archaeological and historic buildings.'
Receiving this grant is due to the excellent work of Cork City Council over the past few years. The council has safeguarded the property from further decay and now we are working together to conserve George Boole House. Winning the DAHG grant of €25,000 is an encouraging beginning for such an ambitious project. Restorations at 5 Grenville Place are enlisting public and private partners, in recognition of the historic importance at this unique site.
The Structures and Risk Fund is a strategic heritage funding source, aiming to reduce the risk of continued deterioration in recognised historic buildings. The council put forward 5 Grenville Place for funding assistance and demonstrated the urgent need to secure the Protected Building. In addition to 5 Grenville Place, Cork City Council also put forward Skiddy’s Almhouse on the Northside. Together, the council secured two of the top 10 awards granted for a total of €55,000 to be invested in the city’s built heritage.
As we continue to develop plans for George Boole House, it is exciting to receive a heritage grant at this crucial time. In the case of 5 Grenville Place, the funds will be put towards conservation works in the bow-fronted west wing of the building. This is a charming feature in the building and it will be rewarding to preserve this structure as it deserves.