Offaly County Council today (January 6th) welcomed an announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys that it was successful in its application for a €546,400 grant for Ferbane Regeneration under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

The Project, which will be led by Offaly County Council, will require match funding from Council funds bringing the total to €683,000. The CE of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney said “I welcome the positive news of this RRDF funding for Ferbane which will see the first phase of regeneration for Ferbane through the redevelopment of key buildings in particular St Joseph’s Convent as a multi-purpose community/enterprise hub”.

Speaking after the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Declan Harvey said “the investment in Ferbane will enhance the town’s potential as an attractive and sustainable place to live, work and visit”. Cllr. Ormond, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Birr said “I am delighted with the announcement of such significant investment in Ferbane town and thank the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Minister, staff of Offaly County Council and the co-operation between the local development groups especially An Síolán, Ferbane Tidy Towns, LOETB, HSE, Ferbane Business and Technology Park, local businesses and the wider community that led to the success of the application”.

The Ferbane Regeneration funding announcement today gives an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow a rural town centre and its community to further develop and prosper. This investment in key buildings is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from just transition and the COVID-19 pandemic to drive economic recovery, increase footfall and improve sustainable development into the future in Ferbane.