Three Limerick projects are set to receive €7.1m under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.
The funding, which accounts for 30 percent of the entire national funding programme, will benefit the Great Southern Greenway, the Glenbrohane Local Hub and the Murroe Community Hub.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collins has welcomed the announcement as a significant day for County Limerick communities.
“The fact that we managed to secure almost 30% of the overall national figure for them speaks volumes about their importance,” he said.
The Mayor hopes that the €2,724,657 granted to the Great Southern Greenway will boost tourism in the area.
The 39km walking and cycling route runs along the old railway line, linking Rathkeale, Newcastle West, and Abbeyfeale.
“[It] is an opportunity for us to develop a product of absolute national significance that will give tens of thousands of people every year great enjoyment,” he added.
Over 290 projects applied for the first round of the scheme, which granted €24.4m to 18 projects concentrating on heritage and tourism, infrastructure improvement, economic development, and rural regeneration.
As part of the Project Ireland 2040 plan, the Rural Regeneration and Development scheme plans to fund some €1bn in development over the next ten years to communities with a population of less than 10,000.
The Murroe Community Hub will receive €3,816,451 from the programme, making it the highest funded project in the country, while the Glenbrohane Local Hub will benefit from €626,369.
Limerick City and County Council Chief Executive Conn Murray said that the funding programme “aims to breathe new life” into the county’s smaller towns and villages.
“Today’s announcement is hugely positive for Limerick, with three of the 18 funded projects coming from the county and two of them the top funded projects,” he said.
“These projects will support local communities, employment and tourism, helping these rural areas to remain vibrant and potentially attract more people to live there.”
Funding for urban projects is due to be announced this Monday, October 26.