€600,000 funding boost for Cavan towns and villages

€600,000 funding boost for Cavan towns and villages

Cavan County Council has secured €604,914 in funding for vital projects in towns and villages across the county.

Published on: 31 Oct 2019

The funding was announced today (Thursday, 31st October 2019) by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Nine projects in County Cavan have received funding under the scheme for projects including an amenity area in Kingscourt, a Geopark Outdoor Pursuits and Services Hub in Swanlinbar, and a bus shelter and public seating in Butlersbridge.

Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said “The Town and Village Renewal Scheme forms an important part of the Government’s drive to enhance our rural towns and villages and to make them attractive places in which to live and work.

“The benefit of previous funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is now being felt countrywide and I am delighted today to be able to allocate a further €15 million for projects in 156 towns and villages right across rural Ireland.  

“Almost €68 million has now been approved for more than 830 projects across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since it was introduced in the second half of 2016, with more than 600 of these approved since the Action Plan for Rural Development was launched in January 2017.”

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Shane P O’Reilly has welcomed the latest investment in Cavan’s Towns and Villages and praised the efforts of all those who have been involved in the process to date.

“This welcome funding announcement is a reflection of the great work that has been achieved in the county thus far under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and great credit must go to the fantastic community volunteers up and down the county, as well as the dedicated Community and Enterprise staff in Cavan County Council for their efforts to date,” said Cllr O’Reilly.

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan also welcomed the announcement: “I’d like to acknowledge the Department of Community and Rural Development for their continued support of vital community projects. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme has already delivered positive results for County Cavan and this latest success in securing further investment in the county is due in no small part to the groundwork that has been done in preparing strategic Town and Village Revitalisation Plans, so I would like to compliment all who contributed to those plans, from the members of the public, to the consultants, the elected members, and of course our own council staff, “ said Mr Ryan.


The full list of County Cavan projects to receive funding is as follows:

  • Gowna: Rejuvenate the village of Lough Gowna by improving the physical capital infrastructure - €80,000.00


  • Kingscourt: Develop an outdoor recreational amenity between Mount St Joseph and Cabra View housing estates - €95,140.00


  • Mullagh: Carry out a range of physical improvements in Mullagh from facade painting to the installation of new footpaths - €80,000.00


  • Ballyhaise: Regenerate the Square in Ballyhaise by replacing footpaths, removing overhead cables, installing of decorative lighting - €80,000.00


  • Killeshandra: Revitalise Market Square in Killeshandra, through enhancements including new signage, new kerbing, planting, seating, lighting and painting - €44,000.00


  • Swanlinbar: Develop a Geopark Outdoor Pursuits and Services Hub through renovating a disused stone building - €79,960.00


  • Butlersbridge: Install a bus shelter, and public seating areas and flower boxes throughout the village of Butlersbridge - €26,457.00


  • Ballyconnell: Landscape and develop Ballyconnell Park - €33,440.00


  • Kilnaleck: Install new footpaths on Barrack Road and Church Road, to erect a speed activated speed indicator sign and to paint the facade of 20 buildings - €85,917.00


To view the Cavan Town and Village Revitalisation plans, click here.


Image caption: Minister for Business, Innovation and Enterprise, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, launch the Cavan Town and Village Revitalisation Plans in February 2019. PHOTO: Adrian Donohoe.