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€1,365,515 funding announced for 2 Donegal projects as part of Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF)

Major investment is on the way for two Donegal projects as part of Rural Regeneration Developing Funding (RRDF).

Buncrana's shore front and town centre will received €1.17m funding package announced today The works will enhance walking and cycling in the town, provide quality shore front amenities and overall plan to transform the Buncrana town centre.

The North West Bioeconomy Hub will also receive €196k to complete a project costing €245k. The project in Cill Ulta, Fál Carrach, will develop plans for the Northwest Bioeconomy Hub that will provide state of the art facilities and create sustainable employment opportunities in the bioeconomy sectors.  

The funding being announced today will bring these projects through the development stage and to the point where they are ready to commence works.

Announcing the funding for the 27 projects, Minister Humphreys said:

“In 2022, we will continue to roll-out unprecedented levels of investment in Rural Ireland – making our towns and villages even better places to live, work, raise a family and run a business. Today’s announcement is proof of our strong commitment to supporting our rural communities both economically and socially. The projects being invested in represent the huge ambition that underpins ‘Our Rural Future’ and will have a truly transformational impact right across the country. When complete, these projects will leave a lasting difference on these locations for generations to come, benefitting tens of thousands of families in Rural Ireland."

Additional projects receiving funding include:

  • Edenderry Regeneration Phase II, Co. Offaly - €2.15 million: This significant investment will turn a major derelict site in the town centre into a state-of-the-art community centre, providing for a community library, as well as leisure and cultural facilities.
  • Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim - €596,290: A landmark project that will see two high-profile buildings in the town centre – including a former Bank of Ireland building re-purposed as the Exchange Smart Working Hub and Creative Studios, providing remote working and creative spaces. The project will create access to the town backlands for recreation and business use, and also includes the carrying out of design works for the People’s Park.
  • Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub, Co. Waterford - €1.39 million: This project will see the renovation of three town centre buildings into a Digital Transformation Hub - delivering office, training and innovation workspace for almost 200 people.
  • Listowel, Co. Kerry: ‘Where Story Begins’ - €729,304: This major project involves the renewal of the town square, as well as the provision of a multifunctional co-working, tourism, heritage and cultural building. It also involves the connection of the North Kerry Greenway into the heart of the town and the repurposing of under-utilised units in the town centre as enterprise spaces.*
  • Oldcastle Town Centre, Co. Meath - €854,502: This project will see major public realm upgrades to the town square, as well as the transformation of the vacant Fairgreen area into a new plaza and bowling green.
  • Borris-in-Ossary, Co, Laois - €212,000: This project involves the renovation and re-use of the historic courthouse building as a remote working and community facility.
  • ‘Granard Destination Town’, Co. Longford: €1.11 million: This project involves the development of a multi-use open space and parkland, as well as public realm enhancements - increasing connectivity and reducing congestion in the town centre.
  • Rathvilly, Co. Carlow - €222,000: ‘Vision Rathvilly’ involves the development of a village regeneration project in Rathvilly, involving a multi-purpose hub in a former school premises that will provide social, cultural, economic and community facilities.
  • Gort, Co, Galway - €798,000: The G’ort Inse Guaire’ project involves the re-design of the Market Square and town centre streets and will reinvigorate Canon Quinn Park, a greenspace in the town centre.
  • Nenagh, Co. Tipperary - €1.2 million: The Rialto Digital and Enteprise Hub will replace a disused cinema in the town. The plans will see the re-development of a brownfield site behind the hub, a new streetscape and will explore the potential provision of town centre housing and a new public amenity.
  • Callan, Co. Kilkenny - €862,000: This project is focussed on the regeneration of the historic core of Callan Town and will re-develop existing historical buildings to provide a library, youth, community, arts space and a remote working hub.

A full list of the successful projects is available here

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