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Funding boost for Killorglin

A funding announced was made for rural regeneration projects in Killorglin. The project will develop plans to re-use a key vacant building as a multifunctional hub for tourism, education, training and co-working purposes, renovate a derelict former courthouse as a heritage and cultural centre, develop public realm works incorporating smart travel and public spaces and enhance connectivity to the amenities of the River Laune. Killorglin was awarded €962k from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund and will see an additional €241k allocated by Kerry County Council, a total of €1.2m.

The project aims to build on the town’s assets to ensure that economic development opportunities are optimised. Killorglin Chamber Alliance Chairman Shane McElroy said “The funding is a game changer for the town and is a great start to the New Year. We have plenty of employment but the town realm has not kept up. This will allow for some planning and then we will apply for secondary funding.”

Announcing the funding Minister Heather Humphreys said that “The funding will help provide remote working opportunities across the country. The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, along with the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Fund, is delivering unprecedented levels of investment to rural communities. This Fund alone has now delivered €277 million in funding for 191 projects worth a total of €374 million. I’m particularly pleased to see that so many projects being supported today will provide remote working opportunities for tens of thousands of people.”

The  announcement relates to Category 2 of the Fund which provides seed funding for strategic, large-scale projects which will assist in delivering town and village regeneration and economic and enterprise development.

About the Killorglin Application

The application was a collaborative effort by Killorglin Chamber Alliance, Killorglin Archive, Reeks District, Puck Fair, K-Fest amongst others and led by Kerry County Council. The funding will allow for a further funding application that will see significant development in Killorglin. More details to follow over the coming weeks and months. Special thanks to Kerry County Council, Norma Foley – TD, Brendan Griffin and Councillor Michael Cahill.

You can read more about the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund here.

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