Rural Renewal and Development Fund 2018
Minister Ring announced successful projects under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund in February 2019. Longford were successful in obtaining approximately €4m for two projects, €2.8m towards the creation of a heritage park in Granard, tying in with the Failte Ireland project and €1.2m for works around the streetscape and public realm to enhance the town centre in Edgeworthstown, linking the new library and hub projects.
Contracts Signed at Granard Motte, Granard
In 2019 Longford County Council Regeneration department were successful in securing funding of €2.8 million under RRDF for creation of a Heritage Park at the base of Granard Motte. As part of the development, Failte Ireland granted €640k towards the “Norman Heritage Park”. Contracts for this Interpretative Centre were signed with DMW Creative Limited on 23rd July 2020. Agreement on the purchase of the 12th century Motte by Longford County Council was also finalised in July 2020. This development forms a vital part of the Hidden Heartlands attractions, greatly enhancing tourism in the area and will contribute to the economic and social regeneration of Granard town and surrounding areas for many years to come.
Edgeworthstown Public Realm
Edgeworthstown Library and Public Realm Undergrounding of services is complete and street lighting is operational along Edgeworthstown Main Street. Consultant architects have been appointed for public realm works and detailed design is complete. Construction work is progressing well on the new library and this project is due to be completed in 2021.