Twelve projects across Co. Wexford have been allocated a total of €1,334,798 in funding by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
KILMORE QUAY is to receive €200,000 for an extension to the community centre.
BLACKWATER will receive €200,000 for the refurbishment of Blackwater Community Centre.
COURTOWN-RIVERCHAPEL will receive €197,311 for refurbishment and enhancement at Courtown seafront.
BARNTOWN receives €100,000 for an upgrade to the local community centre.
CLONGEEN receives €100,000 for the development and refurbishment of the local community hall.
GALBALLY receives €100,000 for major refurbishment to the old sports centre.
FERNS is to get €97,580 for a tourism project including a playground.
SALTMILLS receives €85,470 for upgrade of the rowing club.
FETHARD-ON-SEA will receive €82,000 for the development of a social enterprise in handcrafts tourism merchandise.
MURRINTOWN will receive €74,430 for playground facilities.
ASKAMORE gets €63,999 for repairs and improvements to the local community centre.
COURTNACUDDY will receive €32,000 for Health Check etc.
Welcoming the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Keith Doyle paid tribute to all local community groups and associations across County Wexford and commended them on their continuing efforts to improve their local areas.
CEO of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright also warmly welcomed the announcement of funding for the Wexford applications and said the Council looks forward to supporting the 12 local communities in achieving their goals.
Minister Michael D’Arcy told WexfordToday.com; “Fine Gael in Government is using the benefits of the economic recovery to support the growth and development of rural Ireland, and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. The Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000 people, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.”
Almost €53 million has been approved for more than 670 projects across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since it was introduced in the second half of 2016.
“Today’s announcement gives a real boost to communities in towns and villages across Wexford,” added Minister D’Arcy.
Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said: “Over 220 rural towns and villages are getting really positive news today. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an important part of the Government’s work to rejuvenate rural Ireland and is having a significant impact on towns and villages across the country.”