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Historic fund could save Seacoast

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Historic fund could save Seacoast thumbnailThe Seacoast Cottage in Magilligan which will now hope to begin repairs.

AN iconic cottage in Magilligan has been given some light at the end of the tunnel as a funding scheme to help conserve historic buildings has opened to applications. The Historic Environment Fund has been welcomed by the family of Edward and Eileen Quigley, the elderly brother and sister who have been living in the marram grass thatched cottage since birth.
Seacoast Cottage, located in the town land of Ballyscullion Magilligan, has been in disrepair since it was severely structurally damaged in a storm in 2014, when the roof and the back wall collapsed.
The elderly siblings, who are both in their 70's, have lived in the cottage all their lives with out a toilet, electricity, heating, running water and modern appliances.
Mark Canning, the nephew of Edward and Eileen, who has been campaigning tirelessly for years to bring gain recognition and funding to save the iconic cottage, has welcomed the announcement.
Mark hopes this funding will kick start the restoration process for the cottage, and he also hopes to encourage NI Water and NIE to supply water and electricity to the cottage for the first time.
The Historic Environment Fund, managed by the Department for Communities (DfC), is focused on supporting scheduled monuments and priority categories of listed buildings such as those that are on the buildings at risk register, thatched buildings, and those with owners on certain qualifying benefits.

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