By Kieran O’Mahony
FINE GAEL TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has confirmed that two West Cork towns are set to benefit from funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Both the Sam Maguire Trail in Dunmanway and a commemorative space to celebrate 1916 in Bandon will each receive funding.
‘I was delighted to be able to visit Dunmanway Community Council offices last Friday and confirm to them that an application for funding to invest in the Sam Maguire Trail has been successful, and €47,500 has been approved by my cabinet colleague Minister Heather Humphreys,’ said Deputy Daly. ‘Minister Humphreys also confirmed to me that she had approved the same amount of €47,500 for Bandon town for a commemorative space to honour 1916.’
The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme in time for Budget 2017 was a commitment in the Programme for a partnership government, he said. ‘Under Budget 2017, Minister Humphreys also announced that she secured increased funding for the scheme for 2017, when €12m will be made available to towns and villages in Cork and across the country.’
Deputy Daly said the funding awarded to towns and villages in West Cork is being used for a wide variety of projects, identified by Cork County Council in conjunction with local community groups and businesses.
‘These include improving playgrounds and footpaths, tourism amenities, public art pieces and a wide range of works to improve the streetscape and public realm of towns and villages nationwide.’
Welcoming the announcement at a Municipal District meeting recently, Cllr Declan Hurley (Ind) said: ‘The trail, depicting the life of Sam Maguire, will put Dunmanway firmly on the map and will give long overdue recognition to its famous son.’ The Tourism Trail would be ‘a strong brand’ that would become synonymous with Dunmanway.