A Systematic Evaluation of State and EU Funded Projects

By Margaret Garfield.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The preservation of cultural and national heritage is a paramount issue in the EU, often considered as vital as the protection of human rights. But the pull between local politics, state tourism, and arts agencies has produced galloping fragmentation. To focus more closely on the effect of state versus private funding in the field of preservation heritage, we consider two castles in the Republic of Ireland, County Donegal, located in the northwest. This is a historically unique arts and cultural area known as the Gaeltacht. Located 20 km outside of Letterkenny, in the Derryveagh Mountains, Glenveagh Castle enjoys state and EU funding. Doe Castle, just 60 km away near the village of Creeslough, is a privately funded cultural facility. Using data from various governmental agencies and interviews with stakeholders, this study will define and examine how Glenveagh Castle has grown, since 1981, and become very successful in large part due to the funds it has received from the state and various EU heritage funding initiatives. By contrast, it will be shown that Doe Castle, as a financial underdog, has demonstrated its grown primarily from private funds through its association with the Donegal MacSweeney Clans, this though its place in Irish history beginning in 1400 clearly outweighs the gentleman’s Victorian Glenveagh Castle. In a unique methodology, this paper will articulate how artistic and cultural issues are compared with the inevitable financial concerns of preservation and conservation of historic artifacts.

Keywords: Arts and Heritage, EU Funding, County Donegal, Glenveagh Castle, Doe Castle, Ireland

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.97-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.619MB).

Margaret Garfield

Graduate Student, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands

Margaret Garfield is a graduate student in the Arts and Heritage program at the Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. Her major focus has been in the confluence of contemporary arts, heritage funding and museum studies. Anticipated date of graduation, May 2008. Currently, Margaret is an intern at the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Exhibitions, and working on her thesis: “Contemporary Philosophy of Education/Interpretation in the Department of Exhibitions at the AIC.” Previous studies and work abroad include French Canadian culture (Quebec), Quattrocento painting, interning with the Parisian publishing company Action Artistique de la Ville de Paris, and personal assistant to Mme. Christina Rubalcava (French-Mexican artist). Margaret holds a BA in International Business, Art History and French from Cornell College, USA.

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