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Cork East Towns Receive Millions under Urban Regeneration and Development Fund – Minister David Stanton

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Four towns in Cork East Constituency are set to receive millions of euro in funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund says Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton. The funding is being made available by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government under Project Ireland 2040.

“Project Ireland has an overall budget of €4 million from 2018 to 2027 but the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) comprises half of this funding with a total budget of €2 million. The fund is the largest urban regeneration initiative for decades and was established to rejuvenate large towns and cities through more compact and sustainable development”, said Minister Stanton.

“Midleton has been allocated €915,000 for the Main Street public realm project which includes substantial streetscape improvements. Mallow will receive €470,000 for town regeneration works. Both these allocations come under Category A of the fund which supports projects that are shovel-ready.

“Carrigtwohill, Cobh and Midleton will also benefit from Cork Metropolitan Area funding. This funding will distribute €3,593,000 over six projects including Carrigtwohill, Cobh and Midleton. These projects, under Catogory B, all of which are approved in principle and are at a master planning or feasibility stage and include public realm works and a diaspora centre in Cobh.

“I am very pleased that such substantial funding has been made available for these four towns in Cork East Constituency. The allocations will allow for large-scale public realm works to be carried out and will ensure that these urban areas remain attractive and vibrant places to live and work into the future. I understand that further URDF funding round will open in February 2019.

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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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