‘Bitter disappointment’ expressed in Kilfinane

The site of the dilapidated Market House in Kilfinane.

The community of Kilfinane is ‘bitterly disappointed’ after Monday’s announcement of €164 million in RRDF funding did not include the restoration of the Market House among the recipients. The project had universal support in the village, and had 28 submissions in support of it including from Scoil Pól, the community council, and other groups.

Only two projects in Limerick were funded out of the three submitted by the local authority, and both are in Newcastle West, the home of Fine Gael TD and government minister Patrick O’Donovan. One of these projects is the restoration of the Fullers Folly buildings and courtyard, to be reimagined as a café and visitor information centre, and the other project is the Greenways Hub, which encompasses not just Newcastle West but also nearby Ardagh and Barnagh.

Speaking on behalf of the Kilfinane Coshlea Historical Society, Finbarr Connolly said that the atmosphere in Kilfinane this week was ‘dejected’ and ‘exasperated’.

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