Thurles Market Quarter will receive additional funding of â¬ 549,269 from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. This brings the total funding allocated to the project to 3.4 million euros.
The news was confirmed and welcomed by MP Michael Lowry and Senator Garret Ahearn.
As MP Michael Lowry pointed out in April, this exciting venture has been approved for â¬ 3 million in funding from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. This additional funding is a major boost for the project.
The planned works will renovate the vacant 19th century farm building and associated car park to create the Thurles market district. It will include a designated market space, a multi-functional event space as well as a student union and a cafÃ©.
âThurles Market Quarter will revitalize a prime central location in the city and re-establish Thurles as a market town, providing a base for the local farmers market, increasing attendance and activity and supporting existing downtown businesses. Total RRDF funding is over â¬ 3.4 million, âsaid MP Lowry.
Assistant Michael Lowry TD
âThis project was developed through a partnership of Tipperary County Council, Mary Immaculate College Thurles and Thurles Lions Club with support from Thurles Farmers Market, Tipperary local Enterprise Office, Thurles Retail Forum and Tipperary Food Producers Network.
“This project is in addition to the 8 million euros for the rehabilitation of the city center of Thurles currently underway,” he said.
Senator Ahearn said: âThe Market District will connect two areas of the city that have recently benefited from significant investment; Liberty Square, a large-scale public realm improvement program currently under construction; and the newly developed municipal park including a playground, a skate park and a pedestrian bridge over the river Suir.
Senator Garret Ahearn
âThe idea is to model this as the Limerick milk market which has been hugely successful over the past decade. The plan is to redevelop a vacant “farm building” and its parking lot to facilitate MIC student union offices, a weekend farmer’s market and a multi-functional event space. The âagricultural buildingâ will include offices, a cafÃ© / restaurant, public toilets and a demountable stage. The car park will be transformed into an outdoor event space covered with an architecturally designed awning and will offer a multitude of uses as needed.
âTipperary has a multitude of high class food producers, many of whom have started their businesses and continue to sell in local markets. The Market District seeks to welcome new and established talent in Tipperary’s food, arts and crafts sectors and give small businesses a chance to thrive.
âNow more than ever, we realize the importance of buying local and supporting small businesses and local producers. The market district allows for a covered space where farmers can sell their produce alongside local artists, artisans, chefs and florists. This forum will allow small businesses to establish a base and showcase their product outside the confines and costs of a commercial space. Senator Ahearn said.
Cllr Seamus Hanafin also welcomed the news, saying it was further proof of the municipal district council’s commitment to seek all available funding for the project.