€25,000 has been allocated towards a brand new remote working digital hub in Dunleer and €40,000 has been granted to help developed the ‘Sea Louth’ seafood trail -part of a new announcement of Town and Village Renewal Scheme allocations today (Friday, September 11).
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD announced details of the projects – applied for by local authorities – that have been approved for funding under the second round of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme that supports towns and villages to respond and adapt to COVID-19.
Five projects in Louth are to receive funding. €40,000 has been allocated to development and promote the Sea Louth seafood trail in eight locations around the county. The money will go towards interpretive panels, brochures and passports.
The Sea Louth tourism and visitor experiences aims at promoting the county’s scenic seafood trail. The new new tourism initiative looks to showcasing Louth’s picturesque coastline, local seafood producers and participating restaurants along the trail where people can enjoy fine fresh seafood.
The Sea Louth initiative was due to officially launch in March of this year but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
€40,000 has been allocated to provide a range of Covid-19 related measures in Blackrock including a marketing campaign, painting, lighting and outdoor furniture, aimed at helping the community to adapt to Covid-19 measures such as social distancing and using the available space better.
In Omeath, €25,000 has been allocated for the enhancement of outdoor space plus a scheme to enhance the town’s business district while in Louth Village the same amount will go towards shop front painting and signage enhancement scheme.
€25,000 has been allocated to Dunleer to go towards the provision of a new eHub in the village.
Great news for Louth this morning as local Town’s and villages to receive a total of €155,000 in COVID-19 adaptation supports.
The Funding is to help communities shop, socialise and work safely during Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/lxTY8c3w8z
— Peter Fitzpatrick (@PFitzpatrickTD) September 11, 2020
“There is a spread across the county of very deserving projects that will assist our towns and villages create a better living experience in their towns and villages,” Senator Erin McGreehan said.
“The funding to promote County Louth’s seafood trail is very worthwhile. I look forward to seeing this funding put towards showcase Louth’s beautiful coastline our many local seafood producers and showcase the seafood dishes on offer from local restaurants.”
“I very much welcome the provision of Business/digital hub in Dunleer. My colleague Cllr John Sheridan is a huge advocate of working remotely and I would really hope this can be repeated right across the County in the future. The benefits of this hub are people can work remotely and enjoy an increased sense of community as they are working in their local area.”
Speaking to LouthNow.ie in August, he Fianna Fáil Cllr Shierdan said Louth – and in particular smaller towns and villages like Ardee, Dunleer and Tallanstown – would be appropriate venues for such digital innovation hubs. He says there should be target numbers for eHubs per population.