A total of €2,598,742 has been allocated to five Wexford projects under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) Successful Category 1 scheme announced today.
The highest amount goes to Johnstown Castle and Gardens, near Wexford town, to complete a major upgrade of facilities at one of the south-east’s most popular tourist attractions.
Gorey town gets a double allocation, €429,145 for the renovation of the Market House and conversion into a multi-purpose arts and performance space, and €95,000 for the redevelopment of Esmonde Street.
The Enterprise Hub in the centre of New Ross will benefit to the tune of €328,407, and a cluster of linked tourism projects at three locations between Ferrycarrig and The Hook will have over €1m to spend in an attempt to meet the requirements of international visitors.
Details of the funding for Wexford is as follows;
ESMONDE ST, GOREY (Wexford County Council); To plan and design the redevelopment of Esmonde Street in Gorey so as to make the area more attractive a destination in its own right. Amount allocated €95,224.
MARKET HOUSE, GOREY (Wexford County Council). To develop a plan to renovate the disused Market House in Gorey and repurpose it as a multi-purpose arts and performance space. Amount allocated €429,145.
ENTERPRISE HUB, NEW ROSS (Wexford County Council). To develop a project for an Enterprise Hub, community space and café and market area in the centre of the town. Amount allocated €328,407.
JOHNSTOWN CASTLE and GARDENS, WEXFORD (Wexford County Council). This project will complete a major upgrade of the Johnstown Castle Gardens and Irish Agricultural Museum. Amount allocated €658,696.
FERRYCARRIG and THE HOOK PENINSULA. A cluster of linked projects of significance at three locations throughout the county that will be developed, delivered, promoted and marketed in a co-ordinated way to meet the requirements of the international visitor. Amount allocated €1,087,270.
The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund aims to revitalise rural Ireland by supporting self-sustaining projects in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000.
These projects are ambitious and strategic in nature and it is envisaged the funding will transform communities by delivering projects in sectors such as tourism, agri-food and recreation.
The Rural Fund encourages joined-up thinking involving collaboration between Government departments, Local Authorities, public bodies, and rural stakeholders.
The first call for applications under the Fund opened last July and closed in September. Applications were invited under two categories, Category 1 and Category 2. Category 1 applications for the Fund were those which presented as shovel-ready or initial stages of projects which should be commenced in 2019. The minimum funding for Category 1 projects is €500,000. There was no upper limit for funding.
Category 2 applications relate to projects which need funding for further development before being ‘ready to go’ but possessed clear potential and quantifiable objectives, which would enable them to be potentially submitted as Category 1 proposals in subsequent funding calls.