€2.5m boost for five Wexford projects
Five projects across Wexford received a funding boost of more than €2.5 million last Thursday.
Ferrycarrig and the Hook Peninsula, Johnstown Castle and Gardens, a New Ross Enterprise Hub, the Market House in Gorey and Esmonde Street in Gorey all received funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF).
In total Wexford received €2,598,742 under the scheme.
The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund aims to revitalise rural Ireland by supporting self-sustaining projects in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000.
The biggest winner was Ferrycarrig and the Hook Peninsula which received €1,087,270. The project which will be overseen by Wexford County Council will see a cluster of linked projects of significances being developed at three distinct locations throughout the county. These will be developed, delivers, promoted and marketed in a co-ordinated way to meet the requirements of international visitors.
Johnstown Castle and Gardens received €658,696 which will fund the completion of a major upgrade of Johnstown Castle Gardens and the Irish Agricultural Museum. The money will be used to restore the walled gardens, glasshouses and other structures which will then be used as a horticultural training centre. Johnstown Castle already attracts over 50,000 visitors a year and this project will further enhance the amenity as a tourist attraction adding to the tourism opportunities in the region.
The Market House in Gorey was allocated €429,145. This project which will be spearheaded by Wexford County Council will develop a plan to renovate the disused Market House in Gorey and re-purpose it as a multi-purpose arts and performance space.
€328,407 was allocated to the development of an Enterprise Hub in New Ross. This will see a community space, cafe and market area being developed in the centre of the town.
The final project, Esmonde Street in Gorey, received funding of €95,224. This money will be used to plan and design the redevelopment of Esmonde Street to make the area more attractive and a destination in its own right.
Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development said: 'These projects are ambitious and strategic in nature. I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in rural communities and make our towns and villages vibrant places for families to live with a wealth of amenities.'