Over €400,000 awarded to Galway to fund projects in rural areas

Galway has been awarded over €400,000 by the Government as part of the rural development plan to “breathe new life” into rural towns and villages.

The funding is part of an €18.5m provided as part of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme to benefit rural communities across Ireland.

A total of €100,000 will be used to fund enhancements to Barnaderg village to improve access to community facilities, while €250,000 will fund the development of the Leenane Community Park for visitor and resident use.

The remaining €58,000 will go towards implementing Village Health Checks for several villages in Galway County.

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, said that the funding will see vacant and derelict 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.”

Fianna Fáil Councillor Mary Hoade welcomed the funding and said that it was “very important”.

“I think all of this extra money coming into any local authority is very welcome.

“We’re fortunate in Galway that we were able to make the applications and secure the funding, which will be of huge benefit to people who use the facilities and to the people who live in those areas.”

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