Nine communities in County Limerick have received €963,918 in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018.
The scheme, launched in April, aims to enhance rural towns and villages, mainly by fostering economic development.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said: “The projects will help enhance the lives of those in the locality, from a new business hub in Abbeyfeale to a playground in Shanagolden.
“Communities in all these areas will benefit as more and more services are being made available locally.”
Twelve projects were submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development to be considered for the scheme – the maximum amount per local authority.
Limerick City and County Council developed the project proposals closely with the chosen communities with the goal that all projects can be delivered in a relatively short time period.
The competitive application process was judged by an independent panel.
Director of Social Development in Limerick City and County Council Gordon Daly said that rural communities “are to be strongly commended for helping to drive the development and renewal of their areas in partnership with the Council.
“These projects will make a real difference,” he said.
“They will enhance the quality of life and services in these communities as well as providing facilities and amenities for visitors helping achieve the aim of further growing the tourism industry in County Limerick.”
The successful projects, that will begin in the coming weeks, are:
Abbeyfeale – €200,000 to convert the old bank building in the town centre to E Hub/ Business facility
Ballyhahill – €99,918 to develop a river walk with park and village enhancement
Ballylanders – €96,000 for further development of an outdoor classroom and parking at Griston Bog
Ballysteen – €100,000 to upgrade of the old Carnegie Library to a community hub
Castleconnell – €96,000 for the fitting out of a community café
Glin – €96,000 to convert unused part of Glin library to an interpretive centre and tourism hub
Kilfinane – €80,000 to create an artisan food hub
Kilmeedy – €100,000 for the extension and fit out of the community café/ horticulture centre
Shanagolden – €96,000 to install a playground in town park