The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (25th Feb 2022) announced almost €18.5 million to benefit rural towns and villages the length and breadth of the country.
The funding is being provided under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme as part of Our Rural Future and places a strong emphasis on projects which tackle vacancy and dereliction by bringing landmark town centre buildings back to life.
Speaking in Mohill today, Minister Humphreys said:
"I am delighted to announce this latest round of funding as part of Our Rural Future.
“Many of the successful projects I am announcing today will see vacant and derelict town centre buildings such as old banks, garda stations and convents transformed into community, cultural and arts spaces.
“There is also a strong focus on remote working projects in this round of funding and I am pleased to see that a number of counties have set out ambitious marketing plans aimed at attracting remote workers to relocate.”
The Minister announced a total of €1,102,167 for County Leitrim for the following projects:
Redevelopment of the derelict Mohill Station House, which has been vacant for multiple decades into a multi-purpose facility to be used by community, arts and heritage organisations. The project will encompass an enterprise dimension through the installation of distinct self-catering accommodation units. These will be owned and managed by the community with any revenue generated being reinvested back into the building.
The proposed project comprises three individual elements: A marketing and promotional campaign for Carrick on Shannon for implementation in 2022, Works to enhance the main arrival point in the town and installation of two murals.
The proposed project will involve the redevelopment of the former Garda station, which has been vacant since 2013, into a much-needed community facility. The building, which is located on Main Street, Dromahair, dates back to the 1840’s.
The proposed project will involve the redevelopment of the former Garda station in Keshcarrigan, vacant since 2013, for future community usage.
This project has two elements as follows: 1. The installation of a monument in honour of Charles Meehan; and 2. The enhancement of a small outdoor amenity located in the centre of Rossinver.
Minister Humphreys concluded:
“I have substantially increased the size of the grants available under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme this year and I am delighted to see that communities and local authorities across the country have worked together and put forward really ambitious projects which will make a lasting difference in towns and villages across the country.
“These projects will breathe new life into our towns and villages and are real life examples of the impact that Our Rural Future is having in communities across the country.
“The first progress report under Our Rural Future shows the excellent progress across Government in the first year of the policy.
“In the coming weeks, I will be announcing a further call for applications under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and I am asking local authorities and communities to come forward with more ambitious plans for their areas.”Full details of the projects supported under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme are available at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/0012f5-town-and-village-renewal-scheme/
In welcoming the funding announcement for the approved projects in Leitrim, Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Councillor Paddy O’Rourke said: “This investment of over €1.1million in Town and Village Funding for Leitrim will have significant benefits for the County as a whole in supporting the revitalisation of our rural towns and villages.” Commenting on the Station House project in Mohill, which achieved the maximum amount of funding available for any project, Cllr. O’Rourke said “I want to commend the work of the Trustees of the Station house in Mohill, members of Mohill Town Team, Cllr Thomas Mulligan and the council staff for their commitment and collaboration to develop a new vision for the Station House, which will drive tourism and economic growth in Mohill.” Cllr. Paddy O’Rourke also praised the quality of the proposals developed by the council staff in submitting the funding applications to The Department of Rural and Community Development and he wished all the communities that were awarded funding today every success in bringing their projects to fruition and thereby improving the prospects for their community.