Arklow Municipal District has been awarded €81,000 from Failte Ireland under the Local Authority Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Infrastructure Scheme which will be used to enhance the outdoor dining experience in Arklow.
Abbey Lane was identified as an area of opportunity to become a much-needed outdoor community space within the town centre. It is hoped to transform this under-utilised space into an all-day family friendly, vibrant socialising hub by including a sheltered dining area with lighting and heating, murals, various greening options and some sit and chat areas.
A small decking area will also be introduced for buskers, street performers, poetry recitals, heritage and cultural talks. Local artists and craft designers could also make use of this space creating another venue for tourists and locals. This area is ideally located for this project as it is well lit and very accessible for all.
Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Cllr Miriam Murphy, stated: “I am delighted that Arklow Municipal District’s application for funding for an outdoor dining facility was successful. The sheltered dining area will be a great addition to the town, transforming the space will support local businesses by encouraging increased pedestrian activity.”