Kerry Projects Receive Nearly €870,000 In Funding

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Funding is being made available for the development of a public realm plan for Main Street, Castleisland.

KERRY projects will receive €869,268 in Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding.

The announcement represents the largest ever investment under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and will see a range of projects delivered across Rural Ireland. The successful projects for Kerry are as follows:

• Castleisland – The upgrade and enhancement of the Castleisland Town River Walk for community enjoyment and to increase footfall for local businesses – €219,268
• Causeway – Refurbishment of the former Shannon Ballroom (currently derelict) creating a facility within Causeway, which provides a focal point for the community that will be used as a meeting space and co-working hub – €250,000
• Moyvane – Refurbish the former Garda Station building to encompass badly need amenities for the community: tea/coffee dock with outside seating area – €250,000
• SEM: Tarbert – Funding under the Streetscape Enhancement Measure in Tarbert – €100,000
• PDM: Castleisland – Public Realm plan for Main Street Castleisland, to readdress the streetscape to make the town more inviting and usable for residents and visitors alike – €50,000

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Under the Building Acquisition Measure (BAM) of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, local authorities were asked to engage with local communities to identify suitable vacant or derelict properties that could be taken into public ownership and converted for community use.

Kerry County Council have been successful under this measure for the purchase of Moyvane Garda Station for community use as a multi-purpose hub.

Welcoming the news, Kerry TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley said: “Today’s announcement from Government will provide significant investment for five important projects in Castleisland, Causeway, Moyvane and Tarbert. These five ambitious plans will assist local communities to reimagine and redevelop the centres of their towns and villages.”

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