Three Sligo projects to benefit from Town & Village Renewal Funding

Three Sligo projects to benefit from Town & Village Renewal Funding

€1,000,000 has been granted to develop three major developments in Sligo as part of a €20m package announced today by the Government for rural regeneration projects in towns and villages.

Minister Heather Humphreys announced today, Monday 29th April, that 82 projects across the country would benefit from the Our Rural Future funding.

The successful projects include the regeneration of derelict buildings, the provision of public plazas and farmers’ markets in town centres and the development of Town Parks.

In Sligo, Ballymote will receive €250,000 for the enhancement of the the town centre to include town centre public realm works, and Heritage Trail signage, and the development of a heritage exhibition area. 

Culfadda will receive €250,000 for the refurbishment and upgrading of a vacant village-centre building in Culfadda, to provide space for a community social enterprise and opportunities for new businesses and local employment.

Tubbercurry will receive €500,000 for the purchase of two sites within Tubbercurry town centre to facilitate the
delivery of priorities identified in the Town Centre First plan to include a food hub and recreational amenities. 

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Gerard Mullaney said:

"I extend my sincere gratitude to Minister Heather Humphrey for her unwavering dedication to rural development and her invaluable support in securing this funding. I would also like to commend the local communities and stakeholders for their tireless efforts in shaping the proposals and ensuring they align with the needs and aspirations of the people."

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to approve funding of over €20m under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The benefit of this funding will be felt the length and breadth of the country. 

“These projects have come from local communities themselves and I am delighted to see such a diverse range of projects ranging from new Town Parks and Playgrounds to the development of Farmers Markets and Outdoor Dining Spaces.

“I am also pleased to see a number of successful projects which will see vacant and derelict buildings brought back into use and repurposed with Community Halls and Youth Centres being provided.

“This is Our Rural Future in action, delivering at local level and making a real difference in our rural towns and villages”

The Minister added:

“There are more people living in rural Ireland than ever before. There are more people working in rural Ireland than ever before and there is more investment going into rural Ireland than ever before. 

“These projects are all about making our rural towns and villages great places to live, work and raise a family. I want to thank the local communities who brought forward these proposals and I look forward to seeing work commence on many of these exciting projects in the near future.”