€900,000 funding boost to take Kilkenny town ‘to new level’
A total of €862,000 has been allocated to help regenerate a county Kilkenny town.
The funding for Callan is part of a €21.5 million announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, for 27 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.
The funding, under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF), is being invested in projects that will rejuvenate town centres, drive economic growth and footfall, combat dereliction, develop pedestrian zones and outdoor spaces and boost tourism in Rural Ireland.
Welcoming the allocation for Callan, Kilkenny TD John McGuinness said: “This is fantastic news for Callan and for Kilkenny in general as this project will focus 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.
“This will build on and enhance the existing assets in Callan to ensure that economic, cultural and community opportunities are optimised. I’m delighted for the people of Callan and the fantastic community groups that do such great work. This will really take Callan to a new level.”
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.
“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.”