€216,000 in Community Covid adaption funds for Cavan Towns and Villages

€216,000 in Community Covid adaption funds for Cavan Towns and Villages

Minister for Social Protection, Community & Rural Development and the Islands, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details of €216,710 for Cavan towns and villages to help them adjust to COVID-19 restrictions.

Published on: 12 Oct 2020

The funding is being delivered under the Accelerated Measure of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

This funding will enable towns and villages to implement immediate measures that will encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise, while adhering to public health guidelines. The funding is facilitated through the Government’s July Stimulus package.

Projects funded under this latest tranche include the equipping of broadband connection points in Bunnoe, Killinkere, Maudabawn, Cornafean, Mullahoran, Drumavaddy, Castlerahan, Belturbet, Glengevlin, Bawnboy, and Ballyconnell with video conferencing and IT equipment to allow communities to develop digital skills, to deliver IT training and facilitate remote working. A safe outdoor area will also be developed at Dowra Courthouse with furniture, bike stands and gym equipment. In Ballyhaise, awning and a marquee will be funded, in addition to enhancements for Ballyhaise Community Centre, while in Bailieborough, the funding will support enhancements of Town Lake as an outdoor education facility.

The €4.3 million in nationwide funding announced today is in addition to €6.1 million allocated by Minister Humphreys to 226 towns and villages since July under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for COVID-19 adaptations.

The allocation includes funding of €1.5 million for 38 large towns with populations in excess of 10,000, which have not previously been funded through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

As part of this allocation, €40,000 will be invested in a safe outdoor covered area with seating in Cavan Town.

Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said “Our rural towns and villages have always played a huge role in supporting businesses and communities by providing spaces for people to meet, socialise and shop locally. Recognising their importance to the economic and social well-being of rural areas, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme has invested significantly in towns and villages over the last number of years. The scheme is now more important than ever to assist businesses and communities to address the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to their towns and villages.”

Following the announcement, Chief Executive of Cavan County Council Mr Tommy Ryan, said “I welcome this timely investment in our towns and villages by the Department of Rural and Community Development. These funds will help equip our rural communities to adapt to the new reality in which we find ourselves, providing a boost to the social and economic fabric of these towns and villages as we learn to live alongside Covid-19.”

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council Cllr Sarah O’Reilly added, “Our communities have shown extraordinary resilience over the past eight months and this latest round of funding is a welcome acknowledgement of that effort. These new community facilities will empower Cavan communities to maintain a good quality of life, combat social isolation, and incentivise economic activity while also adhering strictly to public health measures.”


Cavan Town

Safe Outdoor Covered Area with seating in Cavan Town



Bailieborough Cootehill MD

3 Broadband Connection Points:  Bunnoe, Killinkere, Maudabawn



Ballyjamesduff MD

4 Broadband Connection Points:  Cornafean, Mullahoran, Drumavaddy, Castlerahan



Cavan Belturbet MD

4 Broadband Connection Points:  Belturbet, Glengevlin, Bawnboy, and Ballyconnell




Safe Outdoor area at Dowra Courthouse with furniture, bike stands and gym equipment




Awning & Marquee and enhancements for Community Centre




Town Lake enhancements as an Outdoor Education Facility


Cavan Total