By Dan Walsh
Sixteen community centres’ in County Wexford will receive funding of €338,011 to upgrade facilities which will benefit users of all ages, according to Fine Gael TD, Paul Kehoe.
Deputy Kehoe was speaking after Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys announced the successful projects under Category 1 of the Community Centres’ Investment Fund.
Deputy Kehoe told WexfordLocal.com; “I am delighted that my colleague Minister Humphreys has made this funding available to Wexford community centres given the vital work that staff and volunteers there do and the invaluable services they provide.
“Fine Gael is working to build stronger safer communities and today’s funding allocation is the latest in a long line of initiatives and supports aimed at making our towns, villages and cities more attractive places to live and visit.
“The Community Centres Investment Fund was launched by Minister Humphreys in April 2022 with funding of €15m available under three categories. The key theme of the fund is to support community groups with the upgrade and development of their Community Centre facilities.
“Community centres which will receive funding include;
|Group / Organisation||Amount awarded|
|12th Wexford Scouts||€25,000.00|
|Ballycanew-Ballyoughter Community Development Association Company Limited By Guarantee||€10,627.83|
|Camross Hall CLG||€13,030.37|
|Davidstown Courtnacuddy GAA Club||€25,000.00|
|Ferns Community Centre||€20,878.32|
|Hollyfort Development Association||€23,381.00|
|Kilmore GAA Club||€17,000.00|
|Kilmore Quay Community Development Association Company Limited By Guarantee||€25,000.00|
|Kiltealy Hall Development Committee||€22,243.00|
|Marshalstown Community Centre Company Limited By Guarantee||€15,387.50|
|Raheen Community Centre (Raheen Parish Committee)||€25,000.00|
|Rathnure St. Annes Hurling & Football Club||€25,000.00|
|St Marys Hall||€21,702.20|
|Taghmon Camross GAA Club||€25,000.00|
|Templeshannon Community and Childcare Centre Company Limited By Guarantee||€25,000.00|
|The May Byrne Trust, Coolgreany||€18,761.55|
“Community centres are valued shared spaces and are very much at the heart of Wexford towns and villages. I hope this funding assists in making them even better in the provision of services to people all across Wexford.”
Minister Humphreys said: Through ‘Our Rural Future’, I want to support locally led, ground-up projects in local communities across the country. This funding is all about giving a helping hand to our local groups and clubs, which have continued to serve their community.”