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16 Midlands Communities Benefit From Government Funding

Projects include upgrading an outdoor swimming pool and a toddlers playground.

Almost two million euro is being given to 16 communities in the midlands under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Both Offaly and Westmeath will receive €700,000, with Laois getting €437,761.

The funding is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Programme for Rural Regeneration. 

Five projects in Laois are set to benefit from the announcement. 

€200,000 will go to Portarlington Public Realm Works and improvement of pathway at perimeter of People’s Park to link the Leisure Centre with the Lake Development.

Ballacolla will get €55,000 for the construction of a wildlife walking track, and €100,000 will be used for the upgrade of the outdoor swimming pool in Ballinakill. 

€35,000 is allocated to Camross to provide lighting for the Village Walkway, and to secure the perimeter of the Village Park, and Castletown will receive €47,761 to upgrade the Community Centre. 

Two of the five applications in the Faithful county will get €200,000 with Birr receiving funding for street enhancement works and a new toddlers play area on its way to Edenderry.

Crinkill and Mount Bolus will each get €100,000 for Public Realm Works with another €100,000 for new footpaths and public lighting in Shinrone. 

Meanwhile six communities in Westmeath have been allocated funding with Moate getting €200,000 for streetscape enhancement works and €100,000 to make Collinstown age friendly.

€100,000 is going to improve local amenities in Ballinahown and the same amount is being given to Ballinagore, Castletown Geoghegan and Clonmellon for public realm enhancement works. 

Funding awarded to individual towns and villages this year ranges from €20,000 to €100,000, with 26 projects receiving between €100,000 and €200,000 for more ambitious proposals.

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