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24/10/2021

Funding of €439, 875 for Kilkenny under the Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme

Funding of €439, 875 announced for Kilkenny under the Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme

One of the installations will be located close to the Riverside Park

Funding of €439, 875 has today been allocated to Kilkenny County Council as part of the €5 million Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme, according to Mayor Andrew McGuinness.

Welcoming the news Mayor Andrew McGuinness said, "this is fantastic news for Kilkenny as it will see installations at five different locations across the city that will reflect Kilkenny’s medieval heritage, culture and creativity including a Cartoon Saloon mural at Watergate Performance Space, an upcycled copper tank at Brewhouse Square at the Abbey Quarter, a sculpture adjacent to Riverside Park, digital Culture Screens and lighting of the Butterslip and Market Slip to encourage visitors to the newly developed Market Square outdoor dining experience. Overall this is very positive news and as Mayor I am delighted to welcome it."

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD and Fáilte Ireland today announced the locations where projects of scale will be developed that will transform and re-imagine urban spaces. 

Following a competitive process, the pilot €5 million  Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme, which opened for applications in April, will fund urban  animation projects in Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Louth and Dublin.  The stories, culture, history and heritage of these locations will be brought to life through a variety of large-scale outdoor performance spaces, public art and light installations. 

Announcing the projects,  Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. said:   

“The projects allocated funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme will help re-invigorate these  urban areas and increase their tourism appeal. This is important in attracting visitors to our towns and cities and increasing dwell time to support local tourism and hospitality businesses and jobs. It is also important to note that these projects will be sustainable and in line with environmental best practice. This funding announcement further strengthens this Government’s commitment to developing the regions as outlined in the ‘Our Rural Future’ plan.”   

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