Massive boost for six County Limerick towns and villages

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More than half a million euro for projects that will help rejuvenate local areas.

Six towns and villages around Limerick have received a major boost thanks to approval for projects under the Towns and Villages Renewal Scheme 2019.

Askeaton, Ballingarry, Broadford, Dromcollogher, Kilteely and Murroe – Boher are to share in funds of €585,101 to help rejuvenate their local areas and make them better places for people to live.

The Town and Village Renewal scheme is an initiative under the Action Plan for Rural Development and the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Programme for Rural Regeneration.

It is part of a suite of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.

It is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is administered by the Local Authorities.

Under the 2019 scheme, up to 80% of the total cost for each approved project will be provided by the Department, with the remaining 20% being provided either through community contribution and/ or Limerick City and County Council.

The six successful projects are:


Creation of pedestrian friendly town centre in the historical village of Askeaton focused on public-realm enhancement of east and west squares. This is part of an overall approach to regenerate the town including Council action to deal with dereliction.



Public realm enhancement to The Mall at the Centre of the village.



Extensive renovation and modernisation of Broadford Community Centre, a former National School, built in 1870.



Development and mounting of information panels showcasing the history and heritage of the town at key locations and improvement works to two bridges that are located on planned looped walks.



Phase 1 - Development of Community Wildlife Area.


Murroe - Boher

Completion of the second phase of the multi-access community walkway at Murroe Town Park, plus the installation of lighting along these new sections of track.


Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “Towns and villages are at the heart of our rural communities and they play an important role in revitalising parts of County Limerick. These grants will be used to improve local areas to make them more attractive for those living in the area as well as to visitors.”

Director of Community Development with Limerick City and County Council Gordon Daly said: “The securing of almost €600,000 follows a significant amount of preparation work involving the Urban and Village Renewal Department of Limerick City and County Council and local communities across Limerick. We want to work hand in hand with communities across Limerick to help make their towns and villages more attractive for investment, as a location to bring up families or to visit.”

Thomas Joyce, Executive Architect in the Urban and Village Renewal Department added: “There has been an enormous amount of engagement and consultation with local communities in the preparation of the submissions for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The scheme is extremely competitive so communities who have been successful should be very proud of themselves for their hard work and as all the submitted projects were of the highest quality. These projects will make a real difference and will enhance the quality of life and services in these communities.”

Work on the projects will begin in the New Year and must be completed within 18 months.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched in the second half of 2016 and since then, 36 projects in 29 towns and villages across County Limerick have been approved for funding of just over €3 million.

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