Massive boost for Tipperary towns and villages welcomed


Tipperary Town, Carrick-on-Suir and Ballyporeen have received a massive boost with funding approved for major projects.
£500,000 has been approved by the government for a Tipperary Hills improvement project.
This will create superior recreational amenities in the city of Tipperary with the provision of improved access, more footpaths, an accessible play area, new picnic benches, biodiversity plantings and reflective areas.
€198,000 will be spent in Ballyporeen upgrading the old school into a broadband hub and community centre.
In Carrick-on-Suir, €90,000 will be spent to develop land adjoining Glanbia Co-Op in Carrickbeg on the south bank of the Suir to provide a public pleasure park which will extend the existing park to the east of Dillon Bridge .
The funding was approved under the Towns and Villages Renewal Program by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Tipperary County Council, in consultation with local communities.
The approved funding was well received by the Oireachtas and local public officials.
Senator Garret Ahearn welcomed the funding from Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys.
“This is really good news for Tipperary. The three successful projects have all received the full funding they applied for,” he said.
“This funding has always been vitally important in helping the towns and villages of Tipperary thrive, and it is even more beneficial as we emerge from two difficult years,” added Senator Ahearn.
The funding for Tipperary Town was also welcomed by MP Michael Lowry.
“This commitment is a further indication of the government’s willingness to help revitalize Tipperary Town. I am happy to have successfully promoted this project,” said Deputy Lowry, who also welcomed the funding for the projects in Ballyporeen and Carrick-on-Suir.
Funding from the Town of Tipperary will be spent on a park known locally as ‘The Hills’ and is located close to the town and covers an area of ​​approximately 21 acres, providing residents and visitors to the town a much appreciated leisure space. The funding will be used for a range of improvements once detailed consultations have taken place with local stakeholders, including the Tipperary Hills Pitch and Putt Club and Tipperary Tidy Towns, and a comprehensive work program has been agreed.
Work is expected to include improved access and pathways, new benches and picnic furniture, landscaping and planting, reflective areas and an upgrade to the “Flat Hollow” launch area . Government funding will be complemented by an additional contribution of €125,000 from Tipperary County Council, giving a total project value of €625,000.
Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Tipperary/Cahir/Cashel, hosted
the funding announcement and commended Tipperary County Council and the Tipperary City Revitalization Task Force for their work in securing the investment.
“Tipperary Hills is a hugely important amenity for residents and visitors to the City of Tipperary and this funding will go a long way to enhancing and ensuring that ‘The Hills’ can continue to be enjoyed by all in the future. The project will be a great complement to the Ara River Footbridge due for completion later this year,” she said.
Carmel Fox, chair of the task force, said the funding is part of a series of investments that need to be made in the city in order to make progress for the city in the years to come.
“This investment builds on the development of the Tipperary Digital Hub due to launch in the coming months, the Courthouse repairs, the design project for ‘The Plan’, the progress of the Education Center and higher education for the youth of Dan Breen House and the upgrade of the Canon Hayes Leisure Center as well as the wonderful work being done by the painting and improvement group and many other ongoing projects for the town,” said Carmel Fox.
Cllr Annemarie Ryan also welcomed the funding.
“I am very pleased to see that Tipperary Hills has received government funding and matching funding from Tipperary County Council. “The Hills” is a beautiful landscaping and is used by many members of the local community. It is also home to the Tipperary Hills Pitch and Putt Club, Tipperary Town Tidy Towns and the Saint John’s Famine Graveyard,” she said.
“In particular, during the lockdown, ‘The Hills’ has played a special role in allowing people to meet safely outdoors and enjoy this lovely convenience,” added Cllr Ryan
“In order to deliver a works program that benefits everyone, collaboration with key stakeholders and the wider community will be essential in deciding the best plans for ‘The Hills’.
“I look forward to this process and to seeing future developments. I would like to thank the Municipal District Local Authority with the support of the City of Tipperary Task Force, for their successful application for funding,” concluded Cllr Ryan.


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