Funding boost for Ballymahon artisan market

First tranche of funding to help Longford towns and villages adapt to Covid-19 pandemic

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Longford has been allocated €104,000 in initial funding as part of the first tranche of funding to help towns and villages adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding is for a series of local projects.

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Ballymahon is to get the county's first dedicated artisan market area with €25,000 in funding for a covered outdoor area to facilitate markets and outdoor events.

The new feature will be located in the civic space surrounding the local library.

Welcoming the funding, Longford / Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Deputy Joe Flaherty paid tribute to the community groups who have worked closely with local authority officials in the preparation of funding applications.

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He said, "The Ballymahon project will be a key local attraction and a much needed outlet for local producers and artisans."

In  Aughnacliffe there is €40,000 for new paths in the village whilst there is €25,000 to help ensure the recreational / playground area in Lisryan can be used all year round.

For Ballymahon, Lanesboro, Granard and Edgeworthstown there is €14,000 to develop self guided interactive walks in each town.

The funding was announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, with details of the first €2.8 million in funding approvals from her Department to help rural towns and villages to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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