Limerick receives a total of €679,901 in funding under Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Limerick City and County Council has been successful in receiving funding for six projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020, announced today (Friday). Projects in Feenagh, Glin, Croom, Caherconlish, Doon and Rathkeale will share funding of €679,901 in the scheme which focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.

The funding will also assist towns and villages to implement measures that can help them to respond to the challenges associated with Covid-19.

The six Limerick projects to receive funding are:

Feenagh - €100,000

Creation of new town park, including parking for cars and bikes, walkways, public lighting, sensory and butterfly garden.

Glin -  €90,351

Interpretive fit out and production of audio visual material for the Knights of Glin Interpretive Centre under construction to the annex of Glin Library.

Croom -  €100,000

The creation of two new cark parks near the Town Centre adjoining the Main Street trading area.

Caherconlish - €100,000

The creation of a safe walking route for the’ Old Creamery’ Looped walk, including safe pedestrian access from Caherconlish National School.

Doon - €89,550

The development of a Community Services and eHub facility, with 8 PC stations, Tea/Coffee Room, Toilets, an Office and Conference Room.

Rathkeale - €200,000

The restoration and conversion of the old Stationhouse building to provide facilities to support the Great Southern Greenway Limerick.

Judging was carried out by an independent panel and it was a competitive application process across all local authorities.

Welcoming the news, Mayor of the city and county of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins said,

“The development and investment in our rural towns and villages in County Limerick is crucial, we need to make them vibrant and safe places to be attractive to live, work and do business. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all appreciate the outdoors to exercise and for mental health reasons and I’m delighted that so many projects funded in Limerick will support the development of our recreational amenities across the county. The funding of the ehub in Doon will help the local community there adapt to the challenges posed by the pandemic and significant investment to regenerate old buildings and enhacement works at areas of natural beauty is hugely welcome.”

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered through the Local Authorities, in consultation with local communities.

Limerick City and County Council Director of Services for Community Development, Gordon Daly added: “These projects will all further enable our towns and villages to be more attractive plays to live in, work in and visit and have been developed in partnership with their local communities. All of these excellent projects when completed will enhance the quality of life in rural Limerick and we look forward to seeing them advance in 2021.”

In 2020 Limerick City and County Council also secured €350,960 in funding for projects in 12 towns and villages under the Town & Village Renewal Accelerated Measure.

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