Funding boost for projects in Inistioge, ‘Comer, Coon, Thomastown, Ballyhale

Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages

Five areas in Kilkenny are among 224 rural towns and villages across the country who are set to benefit from over €21 million in funding for the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The biggest winners are Thomastown and Inistioge, which are each to receive €200,000. In Thomastown, the money will be used to convert the local community hall into a library with incubation space for businesses to allow them to hotdesk.

In Inistioge, the funding will be used to restore and improve the square and complete works along the River Park. Other beneficiaries are Ballyhale/Knocktopher where €100,000 has been allocated to build a 400m footpath with lighting.

Announcing the Kilkenny allocations on Friday Minister of State John Paul Phelan said the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.

“I’m delighted to see €652,280 shared across five projects in Kilkenny,” said Minister of State Phelan.

Meanwhile, local councillor Pat Fitzpatrick has welcomed the €100,000 allocation for Coon, which will go toward the resurfacing of a carpark and extension of a heritage wall.

“It’s a vote of confidence in the local community and the voluntary effort that has been put in,” he said.

The fund also provides €52,280 for what has been described a new branding development in Castlecomer.

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