24 landmark buildings around the country are to be transformed into libraries, remote working hubs, cultural, enterprise and community spaces under a €75 million euro fund announced today by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys - including projects in Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Leitrim.
The funding is being provided under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund, and a large number of the projects will provide for the regeneration of vacant town centre buildings as remote working and hot-desking facilities, to support people to work remotely from their local community.
In this region, €8.2 million has been allocated for the regeneration of the Sisters of Mercy convent site in Westport and adjacent lands.
The project will include a new public library and community services hub.
In Co Galway, €2.55 million goes towards transforming the old courthouse in Portumna into a new multi-purpose arts, performance, remote working and social space, with the courtyard becoming an outdoor social space.
In Co Roscommon, €1.8 million has been allocated for Boyle, to revitalise the town centre, focusing on the King House Cultural Quarter.
Two projects in Co Leitrim are being funded under this scheme - €2.5 million has been allocated for Mohill in Co Leitrim, for a public realm improvement scheme in the town centre to enhance streetscapes.
And €1.9 million goes to Dromahair, where an old derelict building in the town will be used as a new public library, cultural and creative spaces, with multi-purpose meeting room, exhibition space and hot-desking facilities.
Minister Heather Humphreys says these projects will not only enable people to live and work in their community, but will also see iconic town centre buildings given a new lease of life...