Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, has this afternoon confirmed that Kinsale town is to benefit from the newly announced Rural Regeneration Development Fund.
Speaking today, Minister Daly said,” My Ministerial colleague Michael Ring has confirmed to me that over €2.1 million has been delivered to Kinsale for the development of a new library in Kinsale.
“The rural regeneration development fund was specifically created to give rural communities, like Kinsale, the funding they need to get their important capital projects up and running. This new library in Kinsale will be a source of huge support for locals and community groups alike, particularly those groups who provide a great service and support to older people and mental health in the community.”
The new library will be built in the James O’Neill Memorial building (Old Mill) in Church Square. The redevelopment of this building will consist of three storey structure with the ground floor consisting of meeting rooms and a multi-functional events space. While the second and third floors will be used as the main library hub and reading room.
Concluding Minister Daly said, “Kinsale is a growing town with a vibrant community and is a shining example to rural towns and communities nationwide. Today’s announcement of over €2 million will further more ensure that the support and services people and groups need within the community will be there for future generations to come.
“Kinsale getting this funding will be a very special moment for local girl Sarah Fitzgerald who attended the launch of the ‘First 5 Early Years Strategy’ with the Taoiseach and I on Monday, Sarah is an outstanding ambassador for young people to encourage reading, and we hope to make that title official in the not too distant future”