The efforts of Durrow Development Forum in recent years to raise funds for the rejuvenation of the town Square have been noticed, and the village is set to receive €300,000 of funding from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
The village, which home to the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, has a very active community forum (DDF) which has been working alongside Laois County Council for the last number of years in an effort to upgrade the local square and enhance the green amenity at its heart.
As with many other community projects, the lack of funding has been a source of uncertainty for locals.
However, the persistence of the DDF has paid off, when at a recent gathering in Castle Durrow, Minister Phil Hogan announced that €300,000 has been allocated to the project.
With partial funding already in place, the fund for the project now stands at €750,000 which will ensure that the project can be undertaken as planned.
Speaking to the Leinster Express, chairperson of the DDF, Evelyn Clancy said that a lot of work has been done already on planning, and works should be starting after the Scarecrow festival later this summer. As well as the square rejuvenation, work is also currently being completed on drainage and sewerage in the village.
“I will love to see it when it’s finished, it’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. We will have generally the same amount of green space, and there will be resurfacing, wires going underground, and new lanterns and lighting.”
The gathering was also attended by Minister Charlie Flanagan, County Manager Peter Carey, a number of elected local representatives and DDF representatives Evelyn Clancy and Marian Mahony. Minister Hogan commended the work of the local community group in getting the project to this stage, and stated that the drive and determination within the community of Durrow, to get the work done was a deciding factor in funds allocation.