Tipp Town Receives €500,000 Funding Boost


Breaking news just in Tipperary Town is to receive 500,000 euro under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The funds will support ‘The Hills’ Recreation Centre.

This extensive acre-age is home to Pitch & Putt, a Play Area and a Walking Trail.

The money will be used to improve and enhance accessibility to these existing facilities, improved pathways, easier access to the play area, picnic benches, biodiversity planting and reflective areas.

It is the intention to develop this amenity into a superior Recreational Area for the people of the town.

Tipperary County Council and Task Force will initiate consultation process with interested parties in finalising an overall plan for the area.

Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary Town and Ballyporeen will share a total of €788,000 in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Deputy Michael Lowry has received confirmation from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD., that €500,000 is being allocated to Tipperary Town to support ‘The Hills’ Recreation Centre.

€198,000 is being allocated to Ballyporeen for the provision of a Remote Working Hub and multipurpose space, while Carrick-on-Suir will receive €90,000 to fund a proposal to develop lands abutting the Co-Op on the southern bank of the River Suir to provide a Public Amenity Park, which will extend existing parkland east of Dillon Bridge.

Statement from Tipperary County Council & Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force

Tipperary County Council have been awarded €500,000 under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme towards the enhancement of Tipperary Hills public park. The park known locally a s the ‘The Hills’ is located close to the town and covers an area of approximately 21 acres, providing residents and visitors to the town with a much – loved amenity space.

The funding will be used for a range of improvements once detailed consultations are held with local stakeholders including Tipperary Hills Pitch and Putt Club and Tipperary Tidy Towns and a full work programme agreed. Works are expected to include improved access and pathways, new picnic benches and furniture, landscaping and planting, reflective areas, and an upgrade of the “Flat Hollow” kick – about area. The €0.5M investment from the Department of Rural and Community Development will be matched by a further contribution of €125,000 from Tipperary County Council giving a total project value of €625,000. Cllr. Mary Hannah Hourigan, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary Cahir Cashel Municipal District welcomed the funding announcement and commended both Tipperary County Council (TCC) and the Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force (TTR TF) for their work in securing the investment: “Tipperary Hills is a hugely important amenity for locals and visitors to Tipperary Town and this funding will go a long way towards enhancing and ensuring that ‘The Hills’ can continue to be enjoyed by everyone long into the future.

The project will be an excellent complement to the River Ara Walkway that is due to be completed later this year. I want to thank Anthony Coleman and his team in the Municipal District as well as the Task Force for their tireless work in developi ng the project and seeing it through to this announcement.”. Carmel Fox, Chairperson of TTR TF stated that the funding is one of a series of investments that must happen in the town in order to deliver the Task Force Strategy and Action Plan over the comin g years, “This investment builds on the development of the Tipperary ENGINE Digital Hub that is due to launch in the coming months, the repair works at the Courthouse, the design project at ‘The Plan’, the advancement of the Youth and Further Education and Training Centre at Dan Breen House and the upgrade of Canon Hayes Recreation Centre along with the wonderful work being done by the Painting and Enhancement Group and many other projects that pipeline for the town.

The ​Task Force also secured € 240k recently for a Social Inclusion Coordinator which is a huge step forwards in that area. There is real collaboration evident in the town, we have a strategy that we know can be transformative for Tipperary, but it is important to keep the momentum goi ng now.” The Town and Village Scheme is one of a series of national and local support measures designed to rejuvenate small rural towns and villages throughout Ireland, under the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Rural Development Investment P rogramme. Since the launch of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in 2016, over €93 million of funding has been approved for more than 1,340 projects across Ireland.