Rural Limerick communities awarded almost €1m for development projects

Glin Library, which €96,000 is being invested in to convert unused part of it into an interpretive centre and tourism hub

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.

Ballysteen Carnegie Library which will receive a €100,000 upgrade

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

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