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Over €563,000 in LEADER funding to support Cork East jobs and investment – Minister David Stanton

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David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East and Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality has welcomed the investment of €563,861.20 in LEADER funding for organisations and business in the east and north Cork area. The funding made available by the Minister of Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, will be used to support local tourism, enterprise and other supports for rural communities.

“The announcement of over half a million euros in LEADER funding for 16 projects in Cork East Constituency is very welcome news. LEADER funding represents an enormous opportunity for rural businesses and communities that are in need of investment and I want to see the programme continuing to grow and make a difference for rural Ireland over the coming years”, said Minister Stanton

The following 16 projects across Cork East have been successful in securing funding:

Aghada & District Community Council Stage Upgrade €6,500.00
Araglen Glouneen River Walk Bridge €10,300.12
Ballyhoura Socio-Economic Planning Project €18,888.30
Ballymacoda Community Playground €30,000.00
Bo Rua Cheese Dairy Development €149,997.94
Castletownroche Memorial Garden €103,882.89
Cobh Family Resource Centre Elevator €17,500.00
Cobh Summer SwinG €15,496.70
Conna Community Hall New Roof €39,208.57
Corrin Nature Reserve Project €37,414.88
Dungourney Community Playground €30,000.00
Glanworth Community Facilities €32,812.50
Hickey Metering Ltd €12,500.00
Kildorrery Community Development Feasibility Study €8,856.00
Rathcormac Community Amenity Park Phase 1 €150,000.00
Sirius Arts Centre Facility Upgrade €10,253.61
Total:€563,861.20

“The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment. LEADER is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. By providing financial assistance to communities and local groups it aims to empower them to prioritise projects which they believe to be most important.

“The simplification of the LEADER application process over the past year has led to a remarkable increase in funding allocations thanks to all of the stakeholders involved. Last year less than 50 projects were approved but I understand that this year the number is over 1,000 to which a total of €29 million has been allocated. There are a further 300 project applications currently going through the approval process for which about €20 million in funding is available.

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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