€1.3 million for towns and villages in rural Cork

Cork Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed today’s announcement of €1,347,826 in funding under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme which has been allocated to 15 projects in Cork County.

“The 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, launched in April this year, is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. Its focus is on funding projects which can help rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland.

“Here in Cork we have placed a particular emphasis on projects which have the capacity to support the economic development of rural town and villages as well as their neighbouring townlands. The scheme will also support improvements to public amenities in our town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live and work and to visit.  

“Cork has received substantial funding under this year’s scheme, which will have a significant impact on towns and villages across the county.

“Cork South West in particular has been allocated generous funding, with the following projects being allocated a total of €769,426.

Allin Institue Renovations, Bandon: €32,000

Develop and brand Bantry Market, Bantry: €76,800

Carpark and street enhancements, Castletownbere: €100,000

Cycleway and pedestrian access route, Clonakilty: €100,000

Plaza, public lighting, and footpath, Drinagh: €80,000

Life-size bronze commemorating Maureen O’Hara: €48,000

Renovate local museum, Kinsale: €80,000

New pontoon facilities – commercial and leisure vehicles, Schull: € 100,000

Ludgate Hub Innovation cluster, Skibbereen: €152,626

“I want to thank the Cork County Council for their efforts and co-operation in engaging with local and business communities to identify these projects. Most of the funding will benefit towns and villages, with populations of less than 5,000 people.”