€689,000 for communities welcoming people from Ukraine and other countries

€689,057 in funding has been provided to support Roscommon communities who are welcoming people from Ukraine and other countries. The funding, under the Community Recognition Fund, was announced by Minister Heather Humphreys and is part of a €50 million investment in 880 projects nationally.

Among the projects being supported are – Ballaghaderreen: Lighting of the Community Park walkway €50,000; Community Bus to provide local transport service €85,000; Outdoor exercise equipment €22,000; Refurbishment of Boxing Club €20,000; Upgrade of meeting room at Phoenix Centre €20,000.
Bellanagare: Community Centre meeting room upgrading €20,000; Upgrade of gym and equipment at Community Centre €10,000; Development of a sensory garden €15,000.

Roscommon Town: Re-tiling of Roscommon Swimming pool €90,000; Resurface playground areas in Loughnaneane Park and replace play pieces €80,000; Roscommon library will ‘loan out’ sports equipment to communities (€8,000).
Ballyleague: Community Centre upgrade of meeting room €20,000; Upgrade tennis court €20,000.
Strokestown: Community Centre upgrade €20,000; Community Meeting Room €20,000.
Castlerea: Mobility Lifting machine for the Castlerea Pool €20,000; Development of a sensory garden at Castlerea Library €9,557.

Boyle: Upgrade room in Boyle FRC as a therapy and sensory room €30,000.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said: “This funding is testament to the welcome by people in Roscommon for families who are fleeing war in Ukraine as well as other countries”.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy also welcomed the announcement. He said: “The Community Recognition Fund will give Roscommon communities an opportunity to create a more inclusive and enjoyable environment for everyone.

“By investing in facilities and organisations that facilitate integration and community participation, we are building stronger communities that embrace diversity while promoting social cohesion”.