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€219,000 for six Clare projects in CLÁR funding

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*Lissycasey NS students. 

Six projects in Co Clare are to receive €219,000 towards Safety Measures and Play Areas for schools and communities under the latest round of funding from the CLÁR programme 2019.

Chosen projects were announced on Monday afternoon. Those to benefit in Clare include, Lissycasey National School for footpath, fencing (€40,500.00), Scariff National School for footpath, fencing, kerbing (€14,850.00), Ennistymon & District Sports Amenity Partnership for MUGA, safety signage, fencing, storage & toilet facilities (€28,735.75), Crusheen National School for resurface play area, playground markings, fencing: (€44,894.92), Annagh National School for improvements to playing area, fencing (€42,830.45) and West Clare Sports & Fitness for Sprint lane multi sports use (€46,000.00).

In a statement to The Clare Echo, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen said “The funding will be used for the construction of new playgrounds and Multi Use Games Areas and the upgrading of existing playgrounds and equipment in six communities across the county.

“These grant allocations will also fund the provision of car parking facilities, construction and upgrading of footpaths, public lighting, pedestrian crossings and speed safety signs at many schools in CLÁR areas.”

Senator Martin Conway told The Clare Echo, “This is an effort by community groups to make play area fit for purpose and safe for the community and encourages young people to be active and more importantly stay active throughout their lives. I see this as an investment in our future and I believe this is money very well spent”.

The CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) programme is funded by my Department of Rural and Community Development and forms part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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