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  • Writer's picturePippa Hackett

Laois, Offaly & Westmeath communities benefit from Community Water Development Fund

I'm delighted to see Laois, Offaly and Westmeath communities benefit from the Community Water Development Fund issued by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO).

I am particularly delighted to see that community organisations from Tidy Towns to Mens Sheds continue to take an active role in planning and delivering projects that enhance the quality of local streams and rivers and that this Government is supporting them. This funding, delivered to local communities working on the ground, aims to protect Ireland’s water quality, and to ensure we have an environment which communities can enjoy and pass on. Well done to all involved in planning and applying for funding and I wish you all the best as you roll out your projects.

Two projects stand out as close to my home and heart – Geashill Tidy Towns are on phase 2 of their Wetlands and Raingarden project, this phase is for signage. And Clara Heritage Society is undertaking really exciting work on Sustainable Urban Drainage Masterplan for the Brosna River and a study into incorporating a footbridge into existing plans for a river walk. I really look forward to seeing the outcome as Communities not only want to play a part in protection but they are also instrumental in sharing their passion and ensuring that others can enjoy the projects also.”

Laois €7,861

Camross Parish Development Association: Urgent flood and riparian management on the Little Delour River in Camross Community Park. € 861.00

Killeshin Waterworks Committee: Perimeter fencing of amenity and water body for protection from livestock and enhancement for visitors. € 2,500.00

Nore River Catchment Trust Water quality and natural heritage interpretative signage at White Horses River Park, Mountrath. €4,500.00

Offaly €25,933.80

Clonbullogue Development Association: Ecological Survey of the River Figile in and around Clonbullogue. € 2,000.00

Geashill Tidy Towns: Geashill Wetlands & Raingarden Information Board & Signage (Phase 2 of project). € 1,200.00

Ferbane Tidy Towns: Observing Moyclare Water Tower including photography exhibition. € 500.00

Clara Heritage Society Phase two of river development - Feasibility Study to incorporate a footbridge into existing plans for a river walk. € 2,000.00

Clara Heritage Society Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) Masterplan for the Brosna River. € 20,233.80

Westmeath €14,474.88

Multifarnham Tidy Towns: River bank Maintenance in PAA Derryvarragh. € 500.00

Midland Amenity Park CLG: Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park Moate Co Westmeath Educational Workshops for Local Primary Schools and to provide awareness signage re preservation and protection of Turlough. € 1,000.00

Milltownpass Tidy Towns: Milltownpass Community Rivers Project including kick sampling, bug safari, Ecoloical Survey. € 2,500.00

Mullingar Shamrocks Healthy, Inclusive and Green Club Mullingar Shamrocks Green Clubs Organic Weed Maintenance and partnership project with Mullingar Tidy Towns and Men’s Shed. € 3,804.88

Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association: Lough Ennell catchment management event and water quality investigations. € 4,470.00

Athlone Canal Heritage Committee Athlone Canal Awareness Event 2022. € 2,200.00


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