€2.6 MILLION FUNDING FOR KNOCKCONAN REGENERATION PROJECT

18 November 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A project to develop a Blackwater Valley Rural Enterprise and Digital Hub in the Knockconan area of North Monaghan has been allocated funding of €2.6 million. The allocation was announced by Cavan/Monaghan TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys, who visited the Blackwater Valley Learning Centre on Friday afternoon last to congratulate Truagh Development Association on its successful application. The project will see the development of a new café, craft shop and exhibition space as well as offices and remote working facilities.

A new meeting room, car park and training rooms will also be built as a base for the Development Association’s activities. The initiative will facilitate the extension of the local hot meals service from 1,000 to 2,000 meals per week. “This development will breathe new life into the community,” Minister Humphreys told the Northern Standard, adding that she had worked closely with Truagh Development Association to secure the investment.

“When complete, it will act as a focal point for the economic, tourism and community regeneration of Knockconan. This project is a major endorsement of Knockconan, the Truagh Development Association and the wonderful community that lives and works there,” Minister Humphreys said. “It will transform and breathe new life into the area itself, helping to attract visitors and inward investment.

“I’m particularly pleased that the project has a major focus on remote working – because this really is the game-changer for rural Ireland post Covid-19. “This is such a wonderful story for Knockconan and I really want to commend Truagh Development, who I work very closely with as Minister and local TD.” The Knockconan boost is part of a €115 million rural regeneration package unveiled by the Minister for 23 projects nationwide. Announcing the national funding, Minister Humphreys stated: “These projects will see long vacant, disused and derelict buildings in our rural towns given a new lease of…

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