'Every county' to benefit from €62m rural regeneration funding

'Every county' to benefit from €62m rural regeneration funding
Michael Ring TD

€62 million has been announced for rural regeneration across the country.

66 projects will benefit from the funding in every region.

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund aims to revitalise rural Ireland by supporting self-sustaining projects in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000.

The money will be used to create jobs, rejuvenate communities and transform rural economies.

    The successful applications for funding announced today include:

  • The regeneration of Athenry Town, including the completion of the existing Bia Innovator Campus, driving entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • A national mountain-biking project that will develop recreational facilities in four locations across seven counties, promoting economic tourism potential.
  • The development of a major tourism and amenity attraction at the site of Granard Motte, a national monument on the outskirts of Granard.
  • A new community-run Enterprise Centre, adjacent to Castlebayney Town Centre, providing high quality office space on a disused site, facilitating economic development in the regions.
  • Boyle Town regeneration project which will help to generate employment potential, and also delivers significant public realm improvement for the community in the area.
  • A town regeneration project for Thomastown, Kilkenny. This includes the renovation of the former court house into a Craft and Design Centre, in conjunction with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

The announcement was made today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

"This Fund is a clear demonstration of Project Ireland 2040 in action and is further evidence of this Government’s commitment to rural communities.

"These investments will have a transformative effect on many rural towns, villages and outlying areas.

"These projects are ambitious and strategic in nature. The funding will transform communities by delivering projects in sectors such as tourism, agri-food and recreation.

After today, every county in the country will be benefitting from the Rural Fund.

"I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in rural communities and make our towns and villages vibrant places for families to live.

"It is also particularly appropriate, with Brexit approaching, that we continue to strengthen the rural economy and support sustainable development.

"The projects that this fund supports are targeting areas where they can have the greatest economic and social impact."

Here is a detailed list of the successful projects announced today:

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