Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of almost €200,000 to four Clare projects from the latest round of funding from the Clár programme for developing community facilities and amenities in rural areas.

€50,000 will go towards car park resurfacing, disabled parking spaces and green school diversity programme at St Flannan’s National School in Inagh. €50,000 has been allocated to Miltown Malbay National School for a multi-use games area.

A further €50,000 was allocated to Cloonanaha National School for the provision of a community garden and outdoor recreation area while €47,754 will go to Doonbeg Tidy Towns for the Fairgreen community sensory garden.

The funding is part of an overall package of €2.75 million in funding to support 74 community projects nationwide from the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Announcing the latest beneficiaries of the scheme, Minister Heather Humphreys said that sports clubs, schools and community groups are the lifeblood of Rural Ireland where people of all ages come together to socialise and meet up with friends.

”This investment will improve the lives of young people – providing them with facilities such as

astroturf pitches, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts and even outdoor pool areas. And it will also deliver the likes of walkways and sensory gardens, which families and our elderly people can enjoy.

“I want to commend the work of all the successful applicants. They should be very proud of the wonderful projects they have put forward on behalf of their communities and I wish them the very best of luck in bringing these projects to fruition.”

Caption: Deputy Joe Carey with Minister Heather Humphreys