January 17, 2021
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Living with Covid: €575,000 granted to five Kilkenny community projects

Almost €575,000 has been allocated to projects aimed at helping towns and villages across county Kilkenny adapt to life under Covid-19 restrictions.

Five towns and villages around the county will receive between €100,000 and €175,000 as part of the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme unveiled by Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys earlier today.

Community projects in Thomastown, Freshford, Kilmacow, Hugginstown and Stoneyford will all benefit from €15.4 million allocated nationwide in this latest round of funding.

Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan welcomed the funding for the local projects. Deputy Carey said: “This funding has always been vitally important to help towns and villages in Kilkenny thrive, and it is even more beneficial as communities respond to the challenges presented by Covid-19.

“Towns and villages will be able to implement immediate measures that will encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise, while adhering to public health guidelines.

“It is important we generate economic activity while keeping the people of Kilkenny safe. Successful projects will see the renovation and conversion of vacant buildings into digital hubs as well as adaptions to local community centres to provide for remote working and eLearning facilities,” Deputy Phelan concluded.

The full list of local projects and grants is as follows:

Thomastown The creation of an amenity/sports recreational space. €99,326
Stonyford Provision of a pedestrian walkway with lighting from Stoneyford to Ennisnag. €100,000
Kilmacow Pedestrian and road safety measures, including street lighting, pedestrian crossings, footpath widening and parking demarcations. €100,000
Hugginstown Public realm project to deliver street kerbing, parking, drainage and footpath development on the Main Street. €100,000
Freshford The provision of a raised walkway/boardwalk with bridge, connecting Buncrussia Street to Millennium Park. €175,500

 

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