Kilcormac receives almost €50,000 in funding under REDZ initiative

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Kilcormac receives almost €50,000 in funding under REDZ initiative

Fairy Fun at Bord na Móna’s Lough Boora Discovery Park in Aid of Barretstown. Picture Jeff Harvey

Kilcormac has been awarded funding of €48,000 for funding under the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative.

The funding will be used to promote and market awareness of Kilcormac as ‘The Gateway to Lough Boora Discovery Park’. The Park is one of the main tourist amenities in Offaly.

Funding has also been provided for projects in Birr and Banagher.

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Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced details of the €5.3 million REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative, which aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.

Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said, “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. It is one of a number of schemes which my Department has been rolling out to boost economic activity and improve living standards across rural Ireland.