More than 170 towns and villages benefit from funding under €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Minister Humphreys

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Friday) announced that 172 towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from €10 million in funding under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which she launched in August.

The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme in time for Budget 2017 was a commitment in the Programme for A Partnership Government. Under Budget 2017, Minister Humphreys also announced that she has secured increased funding for the scheme for 2017, when €12 million will be made available to towns and villages across the country.

Funding awarded to each individual town and village under the 2016 scheme ranges from €17,000 to €100,000. The funding is being used for a wide variety of projects, identified by Local Authorities in conjunction with local community groups and businesses, including improving playgrounds and footpaths, tourism amenities, public art pieces and a wide range of works to improve the streetscape and public realm of towns and villages nationwide, to help make them more attractive and more sustainable places in which to live and work.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:    

“This scheme is an important part of my Department’s work to rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland. I have more than doubled the funding for the scheme in 2016, and additional money will be available again in 2017, which should have a significant impact on towns and villages across the country.

“Rural development is of course a key priority for this Government. Our towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but many of them are still recovering from the economic downturn. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to help breath life back into our rural towns and villages.

“By improving the appearance and public amenities in our town and village centres, we can help to make them more attractive places in which to work, to live and to visit. I have taken a very collaborative approach to this scheme; each Local Authority worked with local businesses and local communities to identify projects which could have a positive impact on their towns and villages.

“We placed a particular focus on supporting smaller towns, with populations of less than 5,000.  A smaller number of projects are also being supported in each county for towns with a population of up to 10,000.

“This scheme is of course just one piece of the jigsaw in terms of our response to rural Ireland. My Department is also rolling out a range of other initiatives, including the REDZ scheme, the recently reopened CLÁR scheme and the Rural Recreation Scheme. In addition, work on the Action Plan for Rural Development is progressing well. It will be the first cross-Government plan, with targeted actions to specifically benefit rural communities.

“I would like to thank Local Authorities for working with me under a tight timeframe for this the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. I was determined to get this funding out to rural Ireland as quickly as possible. Now that the projects have been approved, work can get underway on improving these 172 towns and villages nationwide.”

The Town and Village Renewal scheme is part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic recovery are felt in every part of the country.  The scheme also addresses one of the recommendations in the CEDRA report, which was published in 2014.

Total funding of €10 million in Capital funding is being provided by the Government in 2016 for the scheme.   An allocation of €380,000 will be available in each of the 26 counties for Town and Village renewal projects.

There are two categories of eligible Towns/Villages:


Category 1:  Towns/villages with a population <5,000.

Category 2:  Towns with a population of 5,000 – 10,000.

Funding is being allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project.

Please see below full breakdown of funding per town and village:

Town/Village County Grant approved
Bagnalstown Carlow €85,000
Borris Carlow €47,600
Hacketstown Carlow €54,450
Leighlinbridge Carlow €38,250
Myshall Carlow €34,000
Rathvilly Carlow €35,700
Tullow Carlow €85,000
Total €380,000
Ballinagh Cavan €29,112
Ballyhaise Cavan €29,112
Cavan Town Cavan €85,000
Cootehill Cavan €85,000
Killeshandra Cavan €29,112
Shercock Cavan €29,112
Virginia Cavan €85,000
Total €371,448
Clarecastle Clare €95,000
Kilkee Clare €95,000
Scariff Clare €95,000
Shannon Clare €95,000
Total €380,000
Fermoy Cork €47,500
Boherbue Village Cork €47,500
Passage West Cork €47,500
Blarney Cork €47,500
Carrigtwohill Cork €47,500
Ladysbridge Cork €47,500
Bandon Cork €47,500
Dunmanway Cork €47,500
Total €380,000
Carndonagh Donegal €76,000
Ballyshannon Donegal €76,000
Ballybofey & Stranorlar 1 Donegal €76,000
Ramelton Donegal €76,000
Dungloe Donegal €76,000
Total €380,000
Ballyboughal Dublin €34,000
Balrothery Dublin €100,000
Donabate Dublin €39,000
Balscadden Dublin €34,000
Loughshinny Dublin €29,000
Rush Dublin €99,000
Tyrrelstown Dublin €45,000
Total €380,000
Athenry Galway €70,000
Portumna Galway €25,000
Tuam Urban Galway €85,000
Oughterard Galway €20,000
Loughrea Galway €25,000
Ballinasloe Galway €63,000
Gort Galway €50,000
Rosmuc Galway €42,000
Total €380,000
Gneeveguilla Kerry €42,222
Portmagee Kerry €46,455
Castleisland Kerry €50,667
Fenit Kerry €76,000
Sneem Kerry €71,777
Listowel Kerry €92,879
Athy Kildare €95,000
Kildare Town Kildare €95,000
Ballymore Eustace Kildare €45,000
Timolin Kildare €20,000
Prosperous Kildare €100,000
Ballitore Kildare €25,000
Total €380,000
Ballyhale Kilkenny €95,000
Kells Kilkenny €95,000
Piltown Kilkenny €95,000
Urlingford Kilkenny €95,000
Total €380,000
Ballyroan Laois €51,000
Shanahoe Laois €34,000
Ballinakill Laois €42,500
Portarlington Laois €100,000
Donaghmore Laois €25,500
Mountrath Laois €42,000
Mountmellick Laois €85,000
Total €380,000
Drumshambo Leitrim €40,000
Manorhamilton Leitrim €65,000
Kinlough Leitrim €40,000
Mohill Leitrim €40,000
Drumkeeran Leitrim €30,000
Carrigallen Leitrim €30,000
Carrick on Shannon Leitrim €65,000
Ballinamore Leitrim €70,000
Total €380,000
Abbeyfeale Limerick €24,700
Askeaton Limerick €47,175
Athea Limerick €22,950
Bruff Limerick €64,158
Cappamore Limerick €30,192
Newcastle west Limerick €49,300
Patrickswell Limerick €94,350
Rathkeale Limerick €47,175
Total €380,000
Abbeyshrule Longford €22,950
Aughnacliffe Longford €39,100
Drumlish Longford €42,500
Edgeworthstown Longford €51,000
Granard Longford €43,350
Lanesborough Longford €51,000
Longford Longford €88,400
Newtownforbes Longford €38,250
Total €376,550
Ardee Louth €72,250
Blackrock Louth €42,925
Clogherhead Louth €37,325
Dromiskin Louth €30,600
Dunleer Louth €100,000
Grange Louth €25,500
Omeath Louth €28,900
Reaghstown Louth €42,500
Total €380,000
Crossmolina Mayo €95,000
Kilkelly Mayo €95,000
Kiltimagh Mayo €95,000
Louisburgh Mayo €95,000
Total €380,000
Duleek Meath €63,300
Dunderry Meath €63,000
Dunshaughlin Meath €31,450
Enfield Meath €62,900
Rathoath Meath €31,450
Skryne Meath €31,450
Stamullen Meath €31,450
Kilmainham Wood Meath €65,000
Total €380,000
Scotstown Monaghan €42,250
Rockcorry Monaghan €42,250
Glaslough Monaghan €26,500
Castleblayney Monaghan €38,750
Monaghan Monaghan €100,000
Inniskeen Monaghan €20,250
Carrickmacross Monaghan €67,750
Ballybay Monaghan €42,250
Total €380,000
Clara Offaly €100,000
Edenderry Offaly €100,000
Kinnity Offaly €90,000
Shannonbridge Offaly €90,000
Total €380,000
Ballaghadereen Roscommon €61,475
Boyle Roscommon €62,216
Castlerea Roscommon €61,476
Cootehall Roscommon €20,400
Keadue Roscommon €37,514
Monksland Roscommon €38,250
Roscommon Roscommon €59,994
Strokestown Roscommon €38,675
Total €380,000
Enniscrone Sligo €95,000
Ballisodare Sligo €95,000
Grange Sligo €95,000
Tubbercurry Sligo €95,000
Total €380,000
Tipperary Town Tipperary €97,500
Borrisokane Tipperary €97,500
Carrick on Suir Tipperary €47,500
Cahir Town Tipperary €97,500
Templemore Tipperary €40,000
Total €380,000
Bunmahon Waterford €20,000
Kilmacthomas Waterford €80,000
Passage East Waterford €50,000
Tallow Waterford €80,000
Touraneena Waterford €50,000
Tramore Waterford €100,000
Total €380,000
Bunclody Wexford €34,021
Enniscorthy Wexford €59,478
Bridgetown Wexford €47,000
Campile Wexford €25,000
New Ross Wexford €70,550
Rosslare harbour Wexford €48,000
Ferns Wexford €65,450
Camolin Wexford €28,050
Total €377,549
Moate Westmeath €70,000
Kilbeggan Westmeath €100,000
Clonmellon Westmeath €50,000
Caslepollard Westmeath €80,000
Ballymore Westmeath €30,000
Kinnegad Westmeath €30,000
Streamstown Westmeath €20,000
Total €380,000
Kilcoole Wicklow €44,200
Carnew Wicklow €72,550
Shillelagh Wicklow €17,000
Wicklow Town Wicklow €26,000
Dunlavin Wicklow €72,250
Rathdrum Wicklow €100,000
Rathdangan Wicklow €48,000
Total €380,000
Total Allocation €9,865,547

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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