Longford Amphitheater development receives timely financial boost

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A development of the North Longford Amphitheater has received a timely financial boost.

On Friday, Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys TD announced nearly €18.5 million to benefit rural towns and villages across the country, including €677,093 for four areas in County Longford.

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€240,843 has been allocated to Moyne for two projects, the development of an amphitheater and the enhancement of the Latin School Tourism Center through the recreation of a hurdle school in a building currently disused within of the park.

A grant of €236,000 will help renovate the historic Rose Cottage in Ballinalee and turn it into an interpretive center and tourist attraction detailing the story of General Sean MacEoin.

The Lanesboro Food Hub and Bunlahy will also receive €100,000 for important local projects.

Funding is provided through the Towns and Villages Renewal Program under ‘Our Rural Future’ and has a strong focus on projects that tackle vacancy and abandonment by reviving iconic downtown buildings.

Minister Humphreys said, “I am delighted to announce this final round of funding under Our Rural Future.

“Many successful projects will see vacant and derelict downtown buildings, such as former banks, guard stations and convents, transformed into community, cultural and artistic spaces.

“There is also a strong focus on remote work projects in this round of funding and I am pleased to see that a number of counties have established ambitious marketing plans aimed at enticing remote workers to relocate. “

A further announcement regarding successful projects under the new Project Development Measure of the Towns and Villages Renewal Program will also be made shortly. This new measure will support the development of a pipeline of shovel-ready projects to be delivered in our cities and towns.

Moyne (€240,843): the proposed project will result in two developments in Moyne; (1) enhancement of the Latin School Tourism Center by recreating a hedge school in a building currently disused inside the park; and (2) development of an amphitheater

Ballinalee (€236,000): The proposed project will see the refurbishment of the historic Rose Cottage in Ballinalee. The building will be an interpretive center and tourist attraction that details the story of General Sean MacEoin, Ballinalee’s blacksmith.

Lanesboro (€100,000): Redevelopment of a former downtown slaughterhouse into an incubation campus for the Lanesboro Food Hub. This will include four food incubation pods. The proposal is also to create a community sensory garden.

Bunlahy (€100,000): ​The project will result in the development of a car park adjacent to a school and a 3G site in Bunlahy. In addition to the associated health and safety benefits, the works will improve the visual presentation of the village.

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