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Minister Martin approves over €170k in funding for local and regional museums

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, has today announced a series of small grants for local and regional museums around the country. Total funding of €170,206.50 is being made available under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme 2022.


Projects funded under this Scheme seek to enhance the cultural offering of museums, to encourage greater access to museums and to promote the use of museums as tourism resources in their locality or region.


Fifteen projects are benefitting this year, including Foynes Flying Boat Museum to revamp its Boeing 314 Flying Boat replica and Monaghan County Museum for exhibition cases for the museum's new site at the Peace Campus, Monaghan.


Speaking today Minister Martin said:


“Our local and regional museums are an extremely important resource for accessing culture and heritage in towns and villages across the country and I am delighted to be able to offer them support through the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme.


Funding provided under this scheme allows local and regional bodies to continue to enhance their exhibitions which improves the cultural offering for their communities and visitors.


Cultural spaces are really important and can bring communities together, make people feel more engaged and part of something bigger than themselves.”




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Notes to Editor:


Please see below full list of successful projects:




Project Description

Funding Allocated

Limerick Museum


Tracing the Pattern of Limerick Lace


Deaf Heritage Centre


To catalogue the entire archive of the Deaf Heritage Centre


Waterford Treasures Museum


Showcases and fitout for a new visitor attraction


Cork Butter Museum


Create a body of 3D captured objects from the Butter Museum’s collection

€ 4,895.00

Cavan & Leitrim Railway


To provide a steam locomotive 'Nancy' with an air brake so that the loco can operate safely with members of the public

€ 9,950.00

Kerry Cultural & Literary Centre CLG


Conservation work and development of a new exhibition on a collection of Celtic Illumination artwork by Michael O'Connor (1913 to 1969) which has recently been donated to the museum


National Print Museum


Curate and exhibit 'Grand Stuff, Label Art from Ireland', an exhibition on the theme of a new book project by design historian Niall McCormack


Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum


A revamp of the museum's Boeing 314 Flying Boat replica


Monaghan County Museum


Three exhibition cases for the museum's new site at the Peace Campus, Monaghan


Sirus Arts Centre


Research, cataloguing and interpreting of artworks and associated content that belong to the collection and archive, as well as their dissemination and display both online and on-site, in periodical exhibition form, beginning with a launch exhibit featuring one or more key artworks and archive materials that represent the breadth and variety of the items concerned


Nano Nagle Place


Create a suite of child centric interpretive furniture and interactive content


The Hunt Museum


Explore the story of clay and ceramics: to investigate the historical, social, technical, cultural impact of clay and how civilisations have developed in tandem with ceramic technologies; to examine mankind's impulse to create in clay and how identity is entwined with the development of ceramics


Tipperary Museum of Hidden History


“Untold” Tipperary’s Civil War - An exhibition to include never before seen objects from the museum's collection and unique family personal possessions which tell dramatic stories of Tipperary’s Civil War


Dublin Cemeteries Trust


Purchase of two museum standard cases for the display of the historic archival collection of the Trust


Irish Jewish Museum


Framing of two paintings

€ 2,000.00