East Cork grants allocated
Food and arts festivals and a marketing plan to attract more tourists to a historic clock tower are among the beneficiaries of grants totalling €120,000 which are being allocated by the East Cork Municipal District Council.
Councillors held a special meeting to consider how they’d distribute this year’s town development funds.
They approved a painting and signage scheme intended to help in addressing dereliction and illegal signage as a means of improving the attractiveness and general environment of the town centres in Youghal and Midleton.
Council officials said the scheme is proving to be more effective in Youghal where there is a better uptake.
The council will also continue its financial support for the Youghal Social Economic Development Group and is this year allocating money to create a marketing plan for the iconic Youghal Clock Gate Tower.
It was built in 1777 as a jail and eventually turned into a museum.
A total of €10,000 is being allocated to help maintain the historic building and develop its website.
In addition, councillors decided to provide €25,000 towards the gate tower’s marketing budget.
As a grant of €150,000 was forthcoming for public realm regeneration in Youghal Town Centre from the Heritage Council, council members decided this year to funnel money into a similar project in Midleton.
They have approved an allocation towards improving the Midleton Lodge Town Park, incorporating ‘Baby’s Walk’. A total of €50,000 was provided for the project.
Councillors have also allocated money to support the Queen of the Sea Festival in Youghal and the FEAST, a Midleton Food and Drink Festival.