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  • Writer's picturePippa Hackett

CLAR Funding in Excess of €400,000 for Offaly and Laois

Projects in rural areas across #Offaly and #Laois will benefit from a fund in excess of €200,000 per county in 2024.

Image: Minister Pippa Hackett together with Minister Heather Humphreys, Cllr. Liam Quinn and Members of the Croghan Local Development Group at the unveiling of works completed at Croghan Community Centre under the last round of CLAR funding.

In Offaly:

🟢 Croghan Community Development will receive €25,921 to develop Community garden at rear of community centre. Croghan Centre

🟢 Shannonbridge / Clonmacnoise Community Centre will receive €49,500 to Renovate a room in the Hall

🟢 Clonmacnoise NS will recieve €49,500 for the provision of a Playground and Sensory Garden

🟢 Dunkerrin Community Centre will receive €31,500 to develop an area which can be used for outdoor sports/games, outdoor functions, and for parking

🟢 Kilclonfert Community Centre will receive €49,196 for upgrade of car parking facilities



In Laois:

🟢 Catholes Falls Amenity Area; €50,000 is being allocated for upgrading & biodiversity enhancement of public amenity area

🟢 Cappard Amenity Area; €35,000 for upgrading & biodiversity enhancement of public amenity area

🟢 Knock Community Hall will receive €50,000 for upgrading of kitchen, stage and general facilities

🟢 Knock Chapel House will receive €23,850 for the Fit-out of a community house and creation of a community garden

🟢 Trumera Community Hall will receive €43,560 for Upgrading of kitchen, stage and general facilities



Minister Heather Humphreys says “From astroturf pitches, playgrounds and sensory gardens to walking tracks, nature trails, outdoor performance spaces and community cafés – these projects really will make a difference to the lives of people of all ages and abilities."



In many cases this year’s funding is a follow on from previous year’s CLAR funding, and part of almost €6.2 million in funding for community and sports facilities nationwide. I commend the groups for their continued commitment to their community facilities. I note the emphasis on outdoor activities and in particular sports areas and community and sensory gardens: All close to my own heart. You can read further details on gov.ie.

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