In exciting news for the Boyne Valley a major national investment in rural Ireland has been announced, including significant investment allocated to Meath County Council and Louth County Council.
The Department for Rural and Community Development announced that "Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today (Thursday, 14 February) announced 66 projects which will be allocated funding of €62 million under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, a key component of Project Ireland 2040." The project strengths rural economies and communities and €86 million from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund has been allocated to date.
The Boyne Valley region will benefit from a number of funding projects.
- €845,250 has been awarded to the Boyne Navigation and Greenway project for technical assistance to address cumulative environmental impacts for restoring the Navigation and Greenway between Drogheda and Navan. Meanwhile Enfield town has been awarded a further €726,000 for urban redevelopment. The Royal Canal Greenway, currently in development, will pass through Enfield and when opened, will be Ireland's longest greenway.
- €262,500 has been awarded to all necessary project development to transform Trim Market House to a visitor centre for Trim Castle.
- €210,00 has been award for the Kells Heritage development project, which will focus on the regeneration and adaptive re-use of four key heritage buildings to develop an integrated network of arts initiatives, cultural facilities and bespoke dedicated spaces for artists and the creative industries.
- €2,147,000 has been awarded for a significant historical tourism project linked to the heritage-led regeneration of Ardee, which will also contribute to the further development of Louth as a tourist destination. Another €526,744 has been awarded to Ardee town itself, for urban redevelopment.
This gives a total investment of €3,464,750 for tourism and heritage development in the Boyne Valley, and €1,252,744 for urban redevelopment, giving an overall investment of €4,717,494 in the region.
Kevin Stewart, Director of Services for Planning, Economic Development and Environment in Meath County Council welcomed the news, saying that ‘the investment by government in the Boyne Valley demonstrates the importance of the region for both tourism and regional development. We look forward to making the Boyne Valley experience even bigger and better for visitors and locals alike.”
Michele Whelan, Tourism Officer for Boyne Valley Tourism, also welcomed the news: "We are delighted to see such strong investment in the region in terms of tourism, heritage and community development. The future is looking both bright and exciting."
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