Mayo County Council welcomes Rural Regeneration Development Fund announcement

Posted in Connect on November 6, 2019.

Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today announced 26 projects nationwide which will be allocated funding of €62 million under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, a key component of Project Ireland 2040.  Mayo County Council has welcomed the €6.5 million in funding which has been announced for three landmark projects in the County.

The three projects allocated funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development fund are Ballintubber Abbey Culture and Heritage Visitor Centre, – Visitor Centre and Tourism Hub, Eachléim and The Clew Bay Greenway Project.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy outlined “I wholeheartedly welcome todays funding announcement, for three projects which will have a significant impact on tourism in this County.  Tourism is a vital component to the economy of this County and any additional investment in new and existing infrastructure will ensure increased visitor numbers which in turn leads to more employment in the Tourism Sector”.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive at Mayo County Council stated “Today’s announcement of a €6.5 million investment in three tourism attractions in County Mayo is most welcome and it will greatly enhance the overall tourism offering in the county.  The funding will enable the development of these attractions as nationally important visitor destinations in the Wild Atlantic region by focusing on their uniqueness and nationally important stories.  Ballintubber’s cultural and spiritual richness and its early Christian and pre-Christian links; The greenway and its ongoing development along the Clew Bay coastline as a world class activity offering and the inclusion of the Blacksod Lighthouse as a Great Lighthouse of Ireland.  All three attractions exemplify the quintessential appeal of Ireland as a visitor destination”.

Link to full Press release from Department of Rural and Community Development.


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