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Three Laois groups to benefit from €129,517 funding under CLÁR Programme

Raheen National School

Ballyfin Community Development Association, St Aengus soccer club and Raheen National School are to benefit from €129,517 under the CLÁR Programme.

CLÁR Programme is a key part for the development and revitalisation of our rural towns and villages, with particular focus on young people and developing outdoor amenities.

Our communities have faced challenges during the pandemic and this funding is a commitment by the government in supporting rural Ireland.

Ballyfin Community Development Association will receive €49,499.87 for the provision of a children’s playground.

Safe surfacing, seating, fencing, Biodiversity and sensory planting will also be included.

St Aengus Soccer Club Mounrath has been granted €30,517.32 for the construction of two accessible toilets with associated septic tank and biodiversity planting works.

While Raheen National School’s €49,500 will be used to provide safer access and a pedestrian crossing near the school.

Welcoming the news, Laois TD Sean Fleming said: “This funding will make a great difference to each project and benefit so many people in the communities.

“I look forward to seeing work commencing for each project and would like to acknowledge the great work of all involved in these local communities.”

Fine Gael’s Charlie Flanagan said: “I am pleased to confirm that three projects under CLÁR Measure 1 & 2 have been successful.

“The projects will provide and improve safety infrastructure such as footpaths and traffic calming measures.

“This measure also continues to support projects that help adapt the environs of schools and community facilities to help meet challenges arising from the pandemic.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.