Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed funding for groups all across County Roscommon under Measure 1 of the CLÁR programme focused on community amenities in rural areas. Minister Heather Humphreys announced funding under the Department of Rural & Community Development for CLÁR
Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan stated
With funding of €323,599 for CLÁR Measure 1, we are seeing a major impact for community groups, schools and clubs all across Roscommon. In 2022 the budget for CLÁR was increased by my Fine Gael colleague Minister Heather Humphreys from €5.5 million to €7 million - it is part of ‘Our Rural Future’ strategy and Fine Gael’s focus on Stronger Communities. Minister Heather Humphreys has also visited counties especially in the West including Roscommon just a few weeks ago in July.
I’ve worked with the Minister to highlight the need for improved amenities in our region and Roscommon has fared well with a high number of successful applications. These funds will give a real boost to the local area and well done to all as each application has 10% match funding from the local community.
Funding has been allocated to eight projects across Roscommon.
Moore Community Council has transformed the hall in the last few years making it a hub of activity with plays and musical acts playing over the past few months. This programme of refurbishment including funding from EU LEADER, Just Transition and Roscommon County Council will develop the centre for education and training as well as a digital hub. It is a source of pride in the local community and I’m happy to see €25,000 now allocated under CLÁR to continue these works for disability car parking and outdoor spaces. The team including Carmel Scott, Valerie Duffy & Pat Feehily recently met with Minister Heather Humphreys and highlighted the impact of voluntary groups in the local community. Moore Community Hall and chairperson Willie Naughton are planning an official opening later in September and it will be a great cause for celebration.
Kilmore GAA has impressive GAA grounds for a small community and it shows the depth of community spirit in the area. Under CLÁR funding, an astro-turf pitch surface will ensure an all-weather pitch in the area. Gorthaganny Community Development have been successful with funding of over €49,000 for a carpark at the Marian Hall. CLoonbonniffe National School have won funding of €45,000 to resurface the playground and bring in new playground equipment for children to enjoy as well as further developing the sensory garden for all. Kilmurry Community Group have also received €25,000 to upgrade the hall.
Roscommon County Council are also putting more resources to regeneration of our rural areas and working with community groups. For groups who would like to find out more do get in touch with my office on 087 940 0383.
The work of volunteers in each of these community groups, as well as parents and coaches in clubs & schools are the backbone of our communities and drive progress. Each local development is another reason for a family to think about moving to small town or village in Roscommon. And everyone has a skill from helping with a fundraiser, to giving a hand with social media or helping with the clubhouse or community centre. Think about how you can help develop your club, school, centre for the years ahead and link in with your local community group – now’s the time if you have an hour or two!