15 Project Area’s Selected for County Carlow Town and Village Renewal Scheme Competitive Process

Over €4 million worth of project concepts were submitted to Carlow County Council under the Town & Village Scheme and 15 project areas selected by the elected members for entry into the National Competitive Fund for Town & Village Renewal.

The scheme which was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development means that towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from €20 million in funding from the scheme as part of a competitive process. The Scheme is part of the Government’s commitment to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery are felt in every part of the country.

Over the coming month the executive of the council will work with communities in order to ensure that Carlow puts its best foot forward in terms of making a business case for the maximum amount of funding for the County.

Speaking about the scheme Deputy Chief Executive of Carlow County Council, Dan McInerney, said “we are delighted that communities across the county have engaged in the Town & Village competitive scheme process. The range and variety of expressions of interest shows that County Carlow communities and businesses are willing to punch above their weight in terms of ambition and vision.” McInerney continued to say “while County Carlow has no guarantee of funding as part of the process, it’s important that we as a council work in partnership with our business and civic communities to create opportunities for development and the Town & Village scheme has significant potential for the County”.

Speaking about the area’s selected for the scheme , Cllr. John Murphy , Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council said “following the successful delivery of 59 projects in partnership with the communities in 2016 under the scheme , we hope that rural County Carlow attracts central funding for further development in 2017 as part of this competitive process” , Cllr Murphy continued to say “while we couldn’t select every area that submitted an expression of interest , projects that are most suitable to the scheme based on the criteria set down by the Department  have been selected to give us the greatest chance in this National Competitive process” and “our executive look forward to once again engaging with communities the development of bottom up proposal that have a economic and social benefit for people who live , work , visit , learn and play in County Carlow”.

At local level the scheme is managed by a cross functional team in Carlow County Council and Kieran Comerford , Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office said “over 150 individuals and organizations engaged in the development of expressions of interests for their communities and this is a great example of how partnership local government should work” , Comerford continued to say “our next challenge is to prepare the submissions in partnership with the communities to ensure that the projects are fit for evaluation in the National Competitive process” , he concluded by saying “we are delighted to have the support of these communities and on a countywide basis the support of IT Carlow , Public Participation Network , Waterways Ireland and Carlow Tourism with this process”.

The closing date for submission of the Final Applications is 30th June 2017.

End for further information contact Kieran Comerford 086/8252037 e-mail: kcomerford@carlowcoco.ie


Area’s selected for application development:

  • Application 1 – Ardatttin
  • Application 2 – Bagenalstown
  • Application 3 – Leighlinbridge / Ballinabranna/Milford/Raheendoran
  • Application 4 – Ballon
  • Application 5 – Ballyellen/Ballymurphy/Borris/Rathanna
  • Application 6 – Bennekerry/Killerig/Kneestown/Palatine
  • Application 7 – Carrigduff
  • Application 8 – Clonmore/Hackestown
  • Application 9 – St. Mullins
  • Application 10 – Myshall
  • Application 11 – Tinnahinch
  • Application 12 – Tinryland
  • Application 13 – Tullow
  • Application 14 – Rathoe
  • Application 15 – Public Art Project