Nine Limerick towns and villages to benefit from 2018 Renewal Scheme funding

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Abbeyfeale is set to receive €200,000 worth of the funding.

LIMERICK City and County Council has been successful in receiving funding worth €963,918 for nine projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018.

The 2018 Scheme, which was launched in April this year, focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.

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Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said, “This is a great outcome for rural towns and villages across County Limerick.  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.”

The Urban and Village Renewal Department of Limerick City and County Council worked closely with communities across county Limerick to develop projects that can be delivered in a relatively short time period.

Twelve Limerick projects were submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2018 – the maximum allowed per local authority.

Gordon Daly, Director of Social Development in Limerick City and County Council said, “These projects will make a real difference.  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.”

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

The successful projects are:

Abbeyfeale

Convert the old bank building in the town centre to E Hub/ Business facility

€200,000

Ballyhahill

Develop a river walk with park and village enhancement

€99,918

Ballylanders

Further development of an outdoor classroom and parking at Griston Bog

€96,000

Ballysteen

Upgrade of the old Carnegie Library to a community hub

€100,000

Castleconnell

Fitting out of a community café

€96,000

Glin

Convert unused part of Glin library to an interpretive centre and tourism hub

€96,000

Kilfinane

Create an artisan food hub

€80,000

Kilmeedy

Extension and fit out of the community café/ horticulture centre

€100,000

Shanagolden

Installation of a playground in town park

€96,000

Work will begin on these projects in the coming weeks.