A NEW LEASE OF LIFE has been forecast for Lisdoonvarna.

An allocation of €100,000 has been made for the North Clare town under the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative for local retailers and property owners to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork or install features such as street furniture or canopies.

Types of projects that could be supported include the restoration of traditional shopfronts, provision of street planting, installation of canopies as well as murals and public artwork.

Lisdoonvarna is one of 26 towns and villages that will benefit from the €2.6m fund announced by Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys (FG).

Clare TD, Joe Carey (FG) urged property owners to apply to Clare County Council to avail of the funding to try make Lisdoonvarna a more attractive place to live, work and visit. “This kind of initiative is even more significant as we recover economically post-pandemic. Streetscapes offers businesses a new lease of life and the opportunity to get creative. Clare County Council will manage the initiative and will begin advertising for applications in the coming weeks and I would encourage all local businesses, property owners and retailers to apply for funding”.

Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) said the allocation represented “welcome news” for the area.

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