€30,000 funding grant announced for Katharine Tynan House under scheme

By Aideen O'Flaherty

TWO €15,000 grants for the repair and restoration of the former home of Katharine Tynan, called Whitehall House, and the Newlands Villas outbuilding, have been announced under the government’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme.

A number of heritage structures in the county have been successfully recommended by the South Dublin County Council for varying levels of grants under the scheme.

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Two grants of €15,000 have been announced for Katharine Tynan House, which is owned by Hibernia, under the government’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, announced last Thursday, April 1, that 477 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a total of €3m under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).

Among those projects are roof repair, structures and works to chimneys, the reinstatement of rainwater goods, and repairs to the first floor of Whitehall House, which the council has recommended funding of €15,000 for.

Funding of €15,000 will be provided for roof repair, structures and the reinstatement of rainwater goods at the Newlands Villas outbuilding in Newlands Farm at Newlands Cross.

Newlands Farm is the site of the proposed development of 3,500 residential units by developer Hibernia REIT, who also have plans to develop community and sports facilities at the site, and previously told The Echo that they are planning to restore Whitehall House which is on the Newlands Farm lands.

Commenting on the decision to seek planning permission for the Whitehall House works last month, Hibernia REIT said: “The restoration of Whitehall is a key part of making Newlands Farm a great place to live and work, whilst also ensuring that those living nearby feel part of the new community. 

“Now is a good time to seek permission to begin the restoration so that, should councillors back our plans for Newlands Farm, we can move quickly to deliver a new community focal point in advance of any housing being constructed. 

“The House offers great potential for local schools and community organisations to learn and meet. 

“We have made a commitment to consult with the local community and to deliver new community and sporting infrastructure – this news is an example of that commitment in action.”

The restoration would see the building and its extensive grounds, which include a walled garden, “sensitively refurbished”, according to Hibernia.

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