Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, yesterday announced that nine rural towns and villages in Mayo are set to benefit from nearly €840K in funding under his Department’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages. Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said: "This is fantastic news for the nine towns and villages in Mayo whose applications were successful. I look forward to these projects being brought to fruition and to the benefits being felt by local communities.
"In the last two years, 25 towns and villages in Mayo were supported under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the impact on the local communities is significant. For example, the Pope Francis Plaza in Knock village, which was funded under the 2017 scheme is a marvellous addition to the village of Knock and was opened in time for the Pontiff’s 2018 visit.
"Among the successful projects which I am announcing are fine examples of initiatives which will support enterprise and job creation. I want to thank Mayo County Council for their efforts and co-operation in engaging with local communities to identify these projects and I urge them to ensure that that this funding is put to good use without delay.”
The towns and villages who have been allocated funding are: Kilmeena who will receive €78,400 for an extension to the community centre; Roundfort will receive €192,132.80 for infrastructural and public realm works and the development of public amenities; Killasser will get €80,000 for safety enhancements, visual upgrades and improvement of accessibility car parking; Killawalla will receive €100,000 for public realm infrastructure upgrade including various village centre and heritage trail enhancements; Barnacarroll will receive €100,000 for village centre enhancements and public realm works; Inver has received €40,000 for enhancement and public realm works; Glencastle will receive €100,000 for public realm enhancement works, Ballycastle will receive €92,000 to enhance the safety and accessibility of the village and Killeen will receive €56,000 for an extension to the existing community centre to incorporate a fully wheelchair accessible public toilet.