Monday 18 October 2021
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O’Shea confirms Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding for Ballydesmond and Dromahane 

O’Shea confirms Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding for Ballydesmond and Dromahane 

The villages of Ballydesmond and Dromahane have been allocated funding through the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea has confirmed. 

“Funding to the value of €150,000 has been approved for Ballydesmond, while Dromahane has been approved for funding worth €142,500,” Cllr. O’Shea said on Thursday, October 31st. 

Cllr. O’Shea’s colleague, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, announced the beneficiaries for the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme on Thursday. 

The 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages. Funding awarded to individual towns and villages this year generally ranges from €20,000 to €100,000, with a smaller number of projects receiving between €100,000 and €200,000 for more ambitious proposals. 

This funding announcements follows formal approval by Cork County Council for improvement works in Ballydesmond and Dromahane in June.  

In Ballydesmond, the Village Renewal Scheme will involve a range of public realm works to improve pedestrian connectivity for vulnerable users within the urban environs in Ballydesmond and to enhance the urban centre for leisure activities.  

The development in Ballydesmond will include: public realm works, new pedestrian footbridge, replacement footpaths, new footpaths/buildouts, uncontrolled pedestrian crossings and public lighting upgrades.  

In Dromahane, the Village Improvement Scheme will also involve a range of public realm works to improve pedestrian connectivity for vulnerable users within the urban environs in Dromahane and to enhance the urban centre for leisure activities.  

The development in Dromahane will include: public realm works including park upgrades and raised traffic table (Russell Place), replacement of existing footpaths, provision of new footpaths, build outs, provision of controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings, public lighting upgrade works and related accommodation works. 

Welcoming the funding allocations, Cllr. O’Shea commented: “We in Cork County Council formally approved these projects earlier this year following a full public consultation process, so it is very positive that such significant funding allocations have been made by the government. I have studied both projects in detail; the objective of both schemes is to increase the safety of the vulnerable users within the speed limits of both villages. Well done to both Ballydesmond and Dromahane.

“I want to thank Minister Ring and his Department for listening to my representations on these projects, which will make a huge benefit to both villages. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is vital for enhancing rural Ireland and is part of this Government’s ambitious plan for rural Ireland.”