On November 1 the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD visited rural initiatives in the West Cork communities of Skibbereen, Drinagh, Clonakilty and Bandon, focussing on projects which have been allocated funding through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Minister Ring also met Clonakilty Tidy Towns committee and local representatives.
Minister Ring commented that, “Today’s visit to West Cork has given me an insight into how vibrant communities working together can help improve local areas and how targeted Government investment can support them in their work.
“The Ludgate Hub, which has been allocated €150,000 by my Department through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, is clearly one of the best digital hubs in Ireland. Digital hubs are springing up around the country, many with financial assistance from my Department, and I was not surprised to learn that many of them are visiting Ludgate for inspiration.
“We are backing digital hubs because they provide rural innovators and entrepreneurs with a window to the world. This means that these people can choose to live and work in a rural setting, often in the community they grew up in.
“I was delighted to lay the foundation stone for the new village plaza in Drinagh which has been allocated €80,000 under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This has the potential to transform this small village. I also turned the sod on the Clonakilty Cycleway and Walkway for which I recently allocated €100,000 under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. I look forward to Minister Daly bringing me back to West Cork when these projects are up and running to get a sense of the impact they are having on the local areas.
I was also honoured to meet the Clonakilty Tidy Towns Committee which has been one of the best performing Tidy Towns groups in the country in recent years. The Clonakilty Tidy Towns effort is a brilliant example of community partnership in action. The Committee works with the business community, the Chamber of Commerce, the GAA, and local schools and sports groups. It is all about working as a community to make their town the best place it can be.”