CLAR funding announced for county Wicklow


Five projects in County Wicklow are to benefit from CLAR 2022 funding to increase the amenities in their communities.  

Under the Clár programme 2022 Wicklow has been awarded almost €170,000 for upgrades to public lighting in Askanagap and Kilpipe. Community halls in Knockananna and Akanagap are also to benefit from the scheme. 

CLAR is an initiative under ‘Our Rural Future’ that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in designated rural areas. ‘Our Rural Future’ is the whole-of-government policy for rural Ireland for the period 2021-2025. It is about a community-based approach to rural development which recognises that the people who know best what their area needs are the people that live there. 

In welcoming the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley, added: “This funding will make a huge difference to the people of Askanagap, Kilpipe and Knockananna in terms of a safer public realm and more usable community facilities. I want to congratulate all of the groups involved and wish them success with their projects.” 

Deputy Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Michael Nicholson, also welcomed the announcement saying: “This funding supports the Council’s policy of working in partnership with communities to build sustainable and healthy communities in the most rural and depopulated areas of the county.” 

Full list of funding awarded below.

  • Kilpipe Church works, Upgrade to Public Lighting: €16,200
  • Askinagap Community Hall, Upgrade to boundary wall and improve disability access to community hall and toilet facilities: €45,000
  • Askinagap, Provision of public lighting to road in front of Askinagap Community Centre: €45,000
  • Askinagap, Paving and marking of car park, including Age Friendly and disabled spaces: €45,000
  • Knockananna Community Hall, Development site at rear of hall into a Meggars Pitch, for sport and community competitions: €18,000

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