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Mayo County Council welcomes funding confirmation of €8,279,000 for Westport Projects

Date: 19-04-2021

Following this morning’s announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, Mayo County Council is delighted to receive confirmation of €8.2 million of funding for Westport projects

The funding, which is being provided under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, will be allocated to the proposed works which include the:

  • Restoration, reuse and extension of the former St. Patrick’s National School (former Convent School adjacent to Mill Road, Westport) as a new co-located Municipal District Library and multi-use Community facility.
  • Restoration of the Convent Annex buildings and Greenhouse to provide long term facilities for community groups.

The Cathaoirleach of the Westport Belmullet Municipal District, Cllr Sean Carey, welcomed todays funding.  “I am pleased to welcome news of funding in excess of €8 million under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund 2021.  This project is a great boost for the town of Westport, enhancing the area for those who live in, work in, and visit the town and indeed the County .  I would like to commend the work of all concerned in securing this funding”.

Catherine McConnell, Director of Services with Mayo County Council outlined “The announcement of today’s funding is of great significance for Westport and its environs.  When completed, this project will see the successful regeneration of vacant and semi-derelict buildings into a modern library and a vibrant home for some of the active community groups in the town.  I would like to acknowledge all the team in the Westport Municipal District office who put such creative and innovative thought into the submission of this proposal”.

This regeneration project will kick-start the redevelopment of this landmark site as it is also intended to co-locate new Municipal District Office buildings at this location, creating a vibrant active community hub for the town and environs.

Funding received or confirmed to Mayo County Council under the Rural / Urban Regeneration Development funds are in excess of  €20 million over recent times, a significant figure for this County  

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