€360k in CLÁR funding for eight Roscommon projects

Minister Heather Humphreys pictured speaking at the official opening of the Cube FlexiSpace in Roscommon Town back in May last year. Pic: Kieran Croghan

Almost €360,000 in funding has been announced for eight CLÁR projects in County Roscommon. On Friday last, Minister Heather Humphreys announced €6.2 million for CLÁR Measure 1 projects for schools and community projects across the country.

Over 150 projects – such as AstroTurf pitches, playgrounds, sensory gardens, walking tracks, nature trails, outdoor performance spaces and community cafés – have been granted funding.

In Roscommon, the recipients are as follows: Ballinagare Health & Leisure Centre (€50,000 for internal renovation work in community centre); Ballyleague Hall (€50,000 for internal renovation work in community centre); Ballintleva NS (€50,000 for installation of an AstroTurf pitch and ancillary site works); Castleplunkett Development Association (€50,000 for regeneration of the local amenity area); Ballintubber Development Association (€50,000 for purchase and installation of playground equipment); Tulsk National School (€50,000 for conversion of existing training pitch to an AstroTurf pitch); Ballaghaderreen Community Park (€32,760 to install extra drains, slit drains and spread sand on the field playing area); Moore Community Hall (€26,868 to complete the upgrading of car park facilities).

Welcoming the funding, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said she is delighted to see €360,000 allocated to community projects and volunteer groups across County Roscommon.

Senator Dolan said: “These eight projects will bring so much to people living in these areas and it is fantastic news for so many community groups and their volunteers. I want to pay special thanks to the people who spend hours working on applications and with the team in Roscommon County Council.

“Minister Heather Humphreys has made it her priority to ensure communities get a boost and we have won fantastic investment into the county under the Department of Rural and Community Development”.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has also welcomed the provision of €359,628 in funding under the 2023 CLÁR Programme for eight successful local projects in Roscommon.

Senator Murphy said: “It is fantastic that eight local projects in Roscommon have been included in the funding announced under the CLÁR programme. Supporting these projects is a key part of the Government’s policy for rural Ireland, Our Rural Future.

“I know that the funding will make a big difference locally here in our communities. In total, there is €359,628 being provided to eight projects.

“The funding will be welcomed by local groups that put in so much hard work here in Roscommon and it is important that we continue to support the hard work they are doing to make our communities the best they can be”.