Minister Joe O’Brien, minister of state for community development and charities, announces funding for Bremore Castle

10th December, 2020

Bremore Castle to benefit from third round of the Rural Towns and Villages Accelerate Scheme

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and Green Party T.D for Fingal and the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the third round (including large towns) of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme that supports towns and villages to respond and adapt to COVID-19.

The focus of the funding is on measures and interventions that help towns and villages to adapt to social distancing requirements and to provide safe environments that encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise.

In the latest allocation of funding €39,580 has been approved Bremore Castle for the purchase of 25 log cabins / artist craft units as well as benches and planters for the castle.

Speaking on the funding announcement, Minister O’Brien said; 

“I’m delighted with the third round of funding for projects under the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The challenges of recent months have highlighted the central role that our town plays in our community. It is where we live, work, shop and socialise. 

“The impact of COVID-19 has brought changes to all of our daily lives, but the work at Bremore Cast;e will assist Balbriggan to adapt to those changes.  It is important that we make our Balbriggan as welcoming as possible and that we provide the infrastructure to allow people to engage with local traders and services, and with each other, in a safe manner at this time.”

“The funding allocated to Bremore Castle will mean log cabins, artist craft units, planters and benches are delivered quickly and will encourage people to visit Balbriggan and give them the confidence that they can spend their time safely here.” 

Welcoming the funding, Green Party Councillor for Balbriggan, Karen Power said

“Fingal County Council, together with our local community in Balbriggan, have brought forward a wonderful project which will finally see work start on restoring Bremore Castle to a wonderful visitor attraction. The project will assist businesses, artists and communities to adapt to the specific challenges posed by COVID-19 (for example, social distancing) and to increase footfall and generate economic activity in the town in the short-term.”

The funding will help adapt outdoor space at Bremore Castle for social gatherings or the hosting of outdoor events all of which will entice people back into Balbriggan.”

For further information contact: Karen Power Karen.power@oireachtas.ie

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