Funding of €200,000 will be provided to support the development of Grennan Community Sports and Leisure Amenity, according to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.
It has been approved under the Kilkenny Leader Partnership to G.C Leisure for the development of a multi functional indoor community sports centre in Thomastown under the Village Renewal & Development measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
“This project will be of immense benefit to Thomastown with it’s total project costs of €333,000,” Minister Hogan said. “I know it will improve the quaility of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the areas inhabitants,” he added.
Minister Hogan explained that the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification.
“It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism”, he added. “ It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.”
The Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007-2013 has a budget of €4.9 billion over a seven year period of which €2.5 billion will be funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and €2.4 billion by the national Exchequer.