The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By SORCHA CROW­LEY

TEN towns and vil­lages across the county were last Fri­day granted a to­tal of just over ¤1.1mil­lion be­tween them for en­hance­ments.

The Folk Park in River­stown topped the list with a grant of ¤200,000 for re­fur­bish­ments.

The vil­lages of Aclare, Bal­ly­mote, En­nis­crone and Rath­cor­mac each re­ceived ¤100,000 for vil­lage en­hance­ments.

Ragh­ley re­ceived ¤100,000 to enhance the port and ex­tend a 3km looped walk­ing route.

Grange got ¤100,000 to es­tab­lish the vil­lage as the Ar­mada Cen­tre of Ire­land.

Bal­liso­dare re­ceived ¤80,000 to re­store the Bal­liso­dare River fish pass, while Col­looney got ¤100,000 to re­de­velop the for­mer Court­house.

Cloona­cool also re­ceived ¤100,000 to de­velop walks and trails.

In­de­pen­dent Coun­cil­lor Marie Casserly wel­comed the fund­ing for both Grange and Ragh­ley.

She told The Sligo Cham­pion the fund­ing for Grange would al­low the Grange and Ar­mada De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion to pay for a fea­si­bil­ity study be done on where the Ar­mada Cen­tre should be.

“For projects like this we need this sort of fund­ing be­cause we can’t raise this sort of fund­ing our­selves. We need out­side help to bring this to the next level,” Cllr Casserly told this news­pa­per.

“It’s a great shot in the arm for the en­tire North West - to have Grange as the Ar­mada Cen­tre for Ire­land, it’s great the Government recog­nises this took” she said.

Cllr Casserly also wel­comed the ¤80,000 fund­ing for Ragh­ley Har­bour and walk­ing route.

“It’s fan­tas­tic, it’s such a beau­ti­ful area,” she said.

Bal­ly­mote Fianna Fáil Coun­cil­lor Keith Henry wel­comed the al­lo­ca­tion of ¤100,000 fund­ing for the town.

“Hav­ing worked with com­mu­nity groups and drafted some of the pa­per­work in Bal­ly­mote, Killavil and Bun­ni­nad­den I’m de­lighted to see we’ve been ap­proved for fund­ing” he said.

Bal­ly­mote will use the €100,000 to con­tinue re­viv­ing the town’s com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties such as the Art Deco, Town Park and the de­vel­op­ment of a her­itage trail.

Cllr Henry’s na­tive vil­lage of Killavil re­ceived €58,400 for vil­lage en­hance­ment works which will take into ac­count the lo­cal mu­si­cal her­itage of the area. It will also in­volve some work in nearby Bun­ni­nad­den. Cllr Henry also thanked the Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment sec­tion for their help and work on the ap­pli­ca­tions.

Fine Gael Coun­cilor Dara Mul­vey said the Scheme stim­u­lated eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and was a wel­come boost for these com­mu­ni­ties listed.

Sligo Folk Park has re­ceived € 100,000 for re­fur­bish­ments. Pic: Sorcha Crow­ley

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