The following are some of the features included in the Abbeylara Village and Area Enhancement Plan.
n Footpath and lighting
Areas to be addressed are; the crossroads in the village to the GAA pitch; Carra Road to St. Mary’s Church (perhaps extending down to the national school in Aughnagarron); and from Abbeylara village to Ballywillan.
Under consideration are: the grounds surrounding parish centre; Cloughernal junction to Main Cavan Road, Ballywillan; Outdoor and indoor handball alley; and An Rath Beag Estate.
Also the group aims to address the Village Centre and streetscape - “to improve design, layout, composition and visual aspects to include fences, boundary walls, entrances to public buildings and parish lands within the village.” The crossroads in the village is also seen as “quite dangerous”.
The focus under this heading are; McNicholl’s Shop and House; Bill McEnerney’s Cottage; Railway House Ballywillan; and Aughnagaron Bridge.
McNicholl’s Shop and House used to be an old RIC Barracks and as such is a protected building. It is felt that this building could make an idea site for: encouraging and expanding the local musical tradition, educating local inhabitants and visitors on the area’s rich history, educating (via workshops), the way to make Abbeylarra more sustainable and hopefully increase economic growth through the small cottage industry.
Various proposals have been put forward as to where walks could be sited. Funds have already been sanctioned by Longford County Council for one walk near Derragh Lough.
Other areas under consideration are: signage for townlands; a children’s playground (to be opened shortly); flooding issues that occur within the village; rebuilding and re-pointing of stone walls.