Rathlin Restoration Project Receives Lottery Boost

January 17, 2014

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has welcomed the news that Rathlin Island has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the dry stone walls that cover the island.
The walls, which were built from as early as the mid-eighteenth century, have become somewhat derelict in places and have had to be replaced by barbwire fencing in others.
Mr Paisley commented “These walls are a beautiful aspect of Rathlin’s unique appeal to tourists from Northern Ireland and beyond and to receive the much needed funding to restore them back to their original beauty is fantastic news for the Island.”
The project, which will receive investment of over £52,000 from the Heritage Fund will focus on 2.8kms of wall in the Church Bay area and will be used as a skills development programme.
The project will be overseen by a professional drystone wall partisan and will include developing some of the residents’ skills set in order to carry on the maintenance of the wall in the future.
The local MP added “This project will not only be of significant aesthetic benefit but will also help residents of the island through the employment that has been generated in a community where so much work is only seasonal.”
A photographic record of the project and its progression will be kept which hopes to engage local volunteers in participating in the restoration.

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