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€148,000 Allocated for Boyle Courthouse Renovation

Date: 2/4/2019

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  News that €148,000 has been allocated by Roscommon LEADER to renovate Boyle Courthouse has been warmly received by Boyle Courthouse Development Company. Dara Callaghan, a member of the group stated that a preferred contractor had already been identified and it’s hoped renovation work will start within weeks.

The building dates back to the 1830s, and was closed as a courthouse in 2011. It is hoped that renovations will be completed by the end of the year, when the building will be converted into a craft & design centre. The main courtroom will be used as a permanent exhibition space for the Boyle Model Railway and other space made available for various community activities.

Senator Frank Feighan was very receptive to the news:

“I’m delighted that this funding has been announced. This money will assist in restoring the former courthouse building for use as a permanent exhibition space for the Boyle Model Railway and for ancillary community activities. I want to extend my thanks to Boyle Chamber of Commerce, Boyle Town Team and the other voluntary groups who have worked so hard on this project. When completed, this project will add to the growing list of visitor attractions in Boyle and this will be of great benefit to the local community.”

The funds are part of the €62m allocated by Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring, for a range of rural projects as part of the €1 billion rural regeneration fund, which was previously announced in the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Boyle has been allocated more than €2.5m in recent months.

Mr Ring stated that funding would have a “transformative effect” on rural towns and villages:

“These projects are ambitious and strategic in nature. The funding will transform communities by delivering projects in sectors such as tourism, agri-food and recreation. After today, every county in the country will be benefitting from the rural fund.

“I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in rural communities and make our towns and villages vibrant places for families to live. It is also particularly appropriate, with Brexit approaching, that we continue to strengthen the rural economy and support sustainable development. The projects that this fund supports are targeting areas where they can have the greatest economic and social impact.”

(Image courtesy of www.realboyle.com)

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