Pilot Scheme Launched to Turn Pubs into Community Hubs

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The government has launched a pilot scheme with funding of €50,000 to examine the potential of pubs being used as community hubs.

The initiative will see financial supports provided to publicans in rural areas to diversify their facilities for community use.

Modeled on a similar scheme in the UK, ‘Pubs as Community Hubs’ is designed to utilise pubs during quiet trading times into the likes of digital hubs, community cinemas, book clubs, arts and crafts workshops and community meeting spaces.

The funding has been allocated to the Vintners Federation of Ireland which will select five pubs in Cavan, Kerry, Donegal, Clare and Cork as part of the pilot scheme.