€7m investment in Roscommon’s Tourism Heartland

In Blog, East-Roscommon, Jobs, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Over my term in Government I was determined to ensure that Government investment was directed into Rural Ireland.

I was instrumental in the establishment & funding of the new Department of Rural Affairs which has directed nearly €1m in investment into Roscommon’s tourism heartland from Rooskey to Ballyleague to Tulsk and Rathcroghan.

On top of that €5m will be invested in the redevelopment of Strokestown Park House, €1m has been made available to work with farmers in the Rathcroghan area, a new tourism master plan for Rathcroghan and €1.3m is being provided for a new food hub in Lanesboro.

A master plan for the development of tourism in the River Shannon catchment will go out for public consultation in the coming weeks and will incorporate developments which will include tourism and recreation trails through the Mount Dillon bog complex which will ultimately link up Rooskey & Tarmonbarry with Strokestown, Cloontuskert & Ballyleague/Lanesboro.

Here is a sample of the projects funded to date:



project Value €
Rooskey Clearing and revamping of the old Canal Walk 100,000
Rooskey Town & Country Dev. Develop a community amenity area buy providing park benches, pathways and planting in Rooskey 4,000
Rooskey Development & Social Inclusion Group Ltd purchase IT equipment 1,000
Elphin Refurbish Secondary School 100,000
Elphin Area Community Enterprise Laptop, printer and filing cabinet 1,500
Elphin Renewal Team Development of a professional brochure for town 1,600
Elphin GAA Improvement works to GAA grounds 9,000
Elphin Elphin Town Trail- Windmill Woodlawn 10,000
Elphin Elphin Public Amenity Garden 9,600
Elphin N.S. Pedestrian crossing required 30,000
Strokestown Boys N.S., Elphin Street, Strokestown Pedestrian crossing required 25,000
Strokestown Enhance building frontage in town and purchase chalet type stalls and marquee 80,000
Strokestown Poetry Festival PA system 849
Strokestown Community & Sports Centre To replace and update two fire doors
to more energy efficient ones.  To
install new emergency lighting
Strokestown Foróige Purchase a wooden shed to store
sports equipment
Strokestown Co-Op Replacement of fire exit doors 1,000
Strokestown Parkrun Defibrillator 1,000
Strokestown Womens Shed Purchase of Marquee 1,000
Strokestown Community Games, purchase jerseys, megaphone and sports/training equipment 1,000
Strokestown Agricultural & Industrial Show purchase laptops and a printer 1,000
Kilbride Defibrillator Committee, purchase defibrillator and associated equipment 1,000
Kilbride GAA Club, purchase projector, screen and dishwasher 1,000
County Roscommon Disability Support Group CLG, purchase equipment for people with disabilities 1,000
Ballyfeeney, Balleyfeeney, Strokestown Safety speed sign required to reduce traffic speed at school, existing road markings need to be relayed 16,000
Roxboro School Replacement lights required, child safety signs required, no road marking currently in place 10,000
St. Marys NS, Strokestown All weather soft play surface and playground equipment 39,960
Strokestown rejuvenation of Tennis courts to include walkway and lights 31,155
Strokestown Community Playground Phase 2 50,000
Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue Unit Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue Unit 25,435
Ballyleague Ballyleague Marina Enhancements  78,000
Ballyleague Men’s Shed Cultivator 1,671
Ballyleague NS Digital Speed Safety Signs at Ballyleague NS 13,500
Whitehall N.S., Whitehall, Tarmonbarry Replacement lights required, child safety signs required, no road marking currently in place 10,000
Ballagh N.S. Replacement lights required, child safety signs required, no road marking currently in place 10,000
Cloonfower N.S, Cloonfower, Tarmonbarry Dangerous blind bend at school. Works would improve visibility at dangerous bend and reduce hazard 12,500
Irish Heritage Trust Strokestown Park – A Centre of Academic Learning & Tourism 16,200
Tulsk Action Group Ltd. Building Capacity and Rebranding at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre 52,170
Lough Ree Angling Hub Angling Centre Plan 8,413
Tulsk Resurfacing car park, footpath, signage and refurbishment of amenity area 100,000
Tulsk Project will establish a Rural Digital Working Hub in Tulsk among other locations nationwide 161,183
TOTAL 944,736