Nine groups in the greater Arigna and Keadue area are set to receive grants totalling almost €45,000 as part of the ESB Wind Farm Community Fund initiative.
Picture Credit: Irish Wind Energy Association
Keadue Sports Field Committee has been awarded the largest grant. They are set to receive €15,000 towards the construction of a multi-use all-weather sports ground which can be used for GAA, Soccer and Basketball.
The Miner’s Way Trial Management Committee was awarded €7,300 towards the upgrade and preservation of the Miner’s Way and Historical Trail.
Strabraggan NS, Arigna, was awarded €4,000 towards the creation of a multi-sensory play garden on the school grounds, where all pupils can experience, explore and experiment with a wide variety of plants and materials.
Arigna Energy Valley Co. has been awarded €4,000 towards replacing elements of their internal haulage system, which is an integral component of their tour.
Keadue Social Services was awarded €3,800 towards the purchase of IT equipment for use in training sessions with their elderly and disabled members.
Keadue Development Association / Tidy Towns was awarded €3,500 towards the installation of sculptures depicting the musical heritage of the area.
Scoil Cill Ronain (Keadue) was awarded €3,000 towards the construction of an outdoor classroom where students will have the opportunity to learn about gardening, and growing plants and vegetables.
Arigna Youth Club was awarded €2,500 towards the purchase of a variety of equipment to assist in the provision of activities for the youth in the area.
Arigna Hall Committee was awarded €1,500 towards the provision of carpentry equipment for use by the Men’s Shed members.
In announcing the Wind Farm Community Fund allocations ESB Stakeholder Manager Michael Bermingham said
“ESB’s position as Ireland’s foremost energy company makes us a vital part of our transition to a low carbon society. This is why we are committed to being a good neighbour, supporting the communities in which we operate; we want to help them reach their full potential. In making this scheme available to groups close to these four wind farms, we are contributing to development of essential infrastructure and services, and the creation of a brighter future the residents of its neighbouring rural communities.”