Funding boost for Kilkenny towns and villages to mark Tidy Towns anniversary

More than a dozen local towns and villages will share the fund

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The funding was confirmed by local TD John Paul Phelan

Towns and villages in Kilkenny are set to benefit from €35,000 in Government funding to mark 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns, according to a local TD.

The funding was released by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD. Fine Gael Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan has said the scheme allows each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 to support the work they do.

“I am delighted to see even more funding going to towns and villages here in Kilkenny. I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to our local communities and will be put to great use," said Deputy Phelan.

“This funding is an acknowledgment from our Government of the amazing work that has been done by tidy town’s organisations up and down the county for the last 60 years. These organisations have played in integral role in our local communities for decades now."

Under the scheme, Kilkenny City is to get €4,000. Areas to secure €2,000 include Moneeroe, Piltown, Castlecomer, Graignamanagh, Ballyragget, Thomastown and Callan.

A grant of €1,000 goes to Gathabawn, Clogh, Dungarvan and Gowran as well as Inistioge, Johnstown, Kells, Tullahought, Urlingford, Freshford, Goresbridge, Bennettsbridge, Stoneyford, Glenmore, Windgap, Coon and Fiddown.

“Tidy Towns competition inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in towns and villages across the country. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who give up their free time to make our communities better places to live," said Deputy Phelan.

“Being a volunteer with Tidy Towns allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community, whether that passion concerns the built environment, landscaping, sustainable living, and local wildlife or organising a litter collection; there is a place for it in Tidy Towns."