22 September 2014

Fitzgerald welcomes Council Funding for Clondalkin Heritage Centre

-    Round Tower Heritage Centre to receive funding from Council
-    Minister hails “reward for lengthy local campaign”

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality, today congratulated Clondalkin’s Round Tower Heritage Project for their “lengthy local campaign which culminated in today’s wonderful news that South Dublin County Council has approved plans to fund the heritage centre”.

She said:

“This success has been a long time in the making. The members of the Heritage Group have worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality, making representations at local and national level to highlight the importance of this historical landmark. I have supported them during many stages of their campaign.

“Last year, I brought the former Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan T.D. to Clondalkin to view sites of cultural and historical importance, including the Round Tower. Minister Deenihan and I met with the Round Tower Heritage Group to look at the site and adjoining garden. We also viewed the updated plans for the site.

“The project will see the Round Tower site transformed into a local amenity and tourist attraction, with development of a visitors centre including a café and exhibition space and the design of a public garden. These are ambitious plans, but have the potential to preserve and promote not just a local treasure but a national symbol of our past. As well as serving the local community, it is also hoped that the Tower will become a beacon for local tourism,” said Fitzgerald.

“I will continue to support this important project in the coming months. I have been in touch with the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys T.D. inviting her to visit the site, and I look forward to welcoming her to Clondalkin in the coming months.”