€1.2million for regeneration of scarecrow village Durrow in Laois

Lynda Kiernan

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€0.5million to finish regeneration of scarecrow village Durrow in Laois

Durrow village revamp to cost a total of €1.2 million

Durrow in Laois, home to the nationally popular Durrow Scarecrow Festival, is set to have a €1.2 million facelift completed this year 2018.

Phase I of the town square renewal was completed three years ago, costing €680,000.

That work included overhead lines being put underground, limestone kerbing installed, footpaths being repaired and the road resurfaced.

Phase II will involve similar work on the remaining part of the square, and along the approaching streets. It is expected to cost another €480,000.

The project was undertaken by Laois County Council in conjunction with Durrow Development Forum.

Evelyn Clancy is chairperson of the forum.

“We would be thrilled to see it completed. It make a huge difference to the town, and to tourism. It also defines parking spaces which is huge and makes it a lot safer. It just makes it a better looking town,” she said.

Director of Services for Roads Kieran Kehoe confirmed the council's intentions during the April council meeting.

“There is €680k spent to date on the Durrow regeneration. €480k is required to finish it. It is our intention to do so. There are different methods of funding to finish it. It could involve the sale of lands in Durrow,” he said.

The works are funded by Laois County Council using development contributions, and by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, because the N77 road runs through the village.

The forum is in the process of buying the old Civil Defence hall and the Methodist church next door, to convert to a community centre.

The community run Durrow Scarecrow Festival brings thousands of visitors to Laois for nine days of scarecrow fun. It takes place from July 23 to August 6 this year.

Below: visitors enjoying the Durrow Scarecrow Festival last summer. Pic Alf Harvey