The revitalization of the town of Gort received another major boost last week when it was one of 27 flagship projects to be shared in the latest 21.5 million Rural Regeneration Development Fund. euros.
The Gort Inse Guaire project has received €798,000 for the redesign of the market square and city center streets, as well as revitalizing the green space of Canon Quinn Park in the city centre.
The Gorgeous Gort Forum – the representative body of all the local community groups, clubs and organizations that spearheaded this bid – welcomed “the wonderful news”.
“We thank the Minister for approving funding for our town, and the entire team at Galway County Council whom we have supported in developing and submitting this application, and the local representatives who have supported this application.
“We also thank the more than 40 organizations, clubs and groups in our community, whom we represent, who have provided invaluable letters of support,” said Gorgeous Gort Forum President Justin McDermott.
The Forum supported Galway County Council in the development and submission of this application. This included organizing letters of support from the over 40 Gort clubs, organizations and groups they represent.
The group also facilitated meetings between Galway County Council and key community stakeholders, and worked with local elected officials including Minister Anne Rabbitte, Sean Canny TD, Ciaran Cannon TD and local councilors including Joe Byrne, PJ Murphy and Geraldine Donoghue, to lobby the minister on behalf of the community.
The news was warmly received from all fronts, with local TD Ciaran Cannon describing it as an ambitious investment in Gort, building on a very strong community spirit in the town.
And fellow Galway East TD Sean Canney particularly praised the work on Canon Quinn Park, which he described as ‘underused but vital green space in the center of the city’.
“In order to capitalize on this invaluable resource, the park requires diversification and an overhaul to improve uses, discourage incivility and give a green lung to the city centre,” he said.
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