The junction in Lisdowney, one of the areas to benefit under the Clár funding. Photo: Pat Moore.
Eight different communities in Kilkenny are to share over €220,000 in funding under the CLÁR scheme, covering things like footpaths, lighting, pedestrian crossings and other road safety upgrades.
Lisdowney, Listerlin, Kilmoganny, Ullard, Killamery, Balleen, Galmoy and Clogharinka/Muckalee are to each receive a share of the pot. The allocations were confirmed today by local TD John Paul Phelan, as part of a statewide €8.24 million funding announcement by Minister of State Michael Ring.
Lisdowney will receive €30,000 for the provision of public lighting along the road between the village and the community hall and sports grounds. Kilmanagh is to get€15,000 for the installation of a signalled pedestrian crossing at St Aidan’s National School.
Listerlin will get €25,000 to replace the amber flashing lights and speed safety signs at the national school, while Kilmoganny will receive €36,000 towards similar works at St Eoghan’s NS. There is €30,000 for Clogharinka/Muckalee gets the provision of footpaths and road markings between the playschool and crèche, while €20,000 has been allocated to Ullard, which will be used to upgrade the church/graveyard car park.
Also benefitting under the current round of funding is Kilamery, which gets €35,000 for safety improvements and pavement works to provide safer connectivity between community facilities. Balleen is to get €29,000 to replace the amber flashing lights and provide a signalled pedestrian crossing at Gattabawn National School. The final community to benefit is Galmoy, which will get €14,000 to replace the amber flashing lights at Galmoy NS.
CLÁR is a targeted investment programme that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas that have experienced significant depopulation.
“The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there,” says Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan.
“The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities. The programme has been effectively closed for new applications since 2009 but was reopened by Minister Ring to improve safety for schools/community facilities as well as outdoor play facilities and local access roads.”explained