Playgrounds to receive essential funding boost

Three proposed playground facilities in Kilkenny are to receive a funding boost, following grant approval from Kilkenny County Council on Monday.

Three proposed playground facilities in Kilkenny are to receive a funding boost, following grant approval from Kilkenny County Council on Monday.

Committees in Ballyragget, Bennettsbridge and Kilmacow have secured the money they sought to construct new amenity areas for children. Each committee is to receive €45,000 toward the building of their playground projects.

The three playground committees had already secured planning permission for their facilities and were waiting for the grants.

Two other groups also got some good news at Monday’s council meeting. The Mullinavat Community Group is to receive €45,000 toward the construction of a new library/community centre, while St Patrick’s Boxing Club was allocated €15,000 toward the establishment of a new boxing ring.

Catherine Delaney of the Ballyragget Playground Committee said the local community would be delighted with the news. “We are absolutely thrilled with this news, and it couldn’t come any better as our ‘Fun Day on the Green’ is happening this Sunday,” she said of the event that will take place from 12.30-5pm with bric-a-brac sales, food stalls, marquees and games.

“We have a great day planned for everybody, so come and join us for a fantastic family fun day.”

In total, €195,000 has been divided among groups under the council’s Community and Cultural Facilities Capital Grant scheme. This leaves €165,000 for next year, of which groups who missed out this year will be hoping to secure a portion.

Separately, the council also approved funding for an outdoor tourism project at Graignamanagh as well as Trail Kilkenny under the Strategic Co-fundedd Grants scheme. A total of €100,00 per year is available under this programme.