Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys was in Boyle this afternoon for the official opening of An Ríoga, a new multi-disciplinary enterprise and creative space, on the site of the former Royal Hotel.
The new building was designed by De Blacam and Meagher Design Consultants, while Elliot & Co. were the construction contractors.
The amenity features an enterprise facility and ground floor exhibition space and leads to an outdoor events space and bandstand along the new riverside promenade.
The roll-out of the development follows a unique and extensive collaborative process involving Roscommon County Council, Boyle Town Team and Boyle Chamber of Commerce. Many other community and voluntary groups participated through the Boyle 2040 Framework Plan and continue to contribute through the Boyle Community and Economic Plan.
The site was purchased by Roscommon County Council in 2017, with funding under both the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Rural Recreation Development Fund secured in 2019 for its refurbishment.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council Shane Tiernan said An Ríoga “will be a connecting point linking the river promenade and town centre and would provide business and employment opportunities”. He said the new facility would also be a focal point for tourists, as an information point and permanent art exhibition space.
Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. John Keogh said the development includes a vision for how the town can be developed: “Boyle itself with its beautifully built heritage, landscaped streets and history, is a gateway to the north-west region. In that respect, the economic potential of the town is limitless”.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said: “The project is transformative for the town of Boyle. I want to commend the work of Roscommon County Council, my own Department officials and local stakeholders who have made today a reality”.