Mullingar Swimming Pool has been awarded €50,000 for upgrades and a new booking system.

€1.7m for Westmeath projects under Community Recognition Fund

Almost €1.7m to community projects in Westmeath under the Community Recognition Fund, including upgrades for the swimming pool and the Grange astroturf pitch in Mullingar.

Minister Peter Burke said he was delighted to announce that his colleague, Minister Heather Humphreys, has made the allocations. “The Community Recognition Fund has been designed to develop infrastructure and facilities in areas where a significant number of new arrivals have been accommodated from Ukraine and other countries

“In total, the fund will administer nationally €30m in 2023 and €20m in 2024.

“This goes to show that when viable, worthwhile projects are identified and highlighted, the funding is there – we back these communities and we fully recognise the efforts being made.

“Well done to the hard-working committees and local authority staff and I’m looking forward to seeing these significant investments really making a difference – building safer, stronger communities,” said the minister.

Astropitch upgrade, Grange, Mullingar, €150,000

Castlepollard Community House Renovation, €165,580

Mullingar Swimming Pool, upgrades and new booking system, €50,000

Athlone Battery Heights, Lift for Community Centre, €55,000

Mullingar Town Park, upgrade to playgrounds and access route, €40,000

Athlone Regional Sports Centre, Basketball Court, €40,000

Mullingar Harriers, Casual Walking Track, €45,000

Athlone, Wansboro Park, play facilities and pathway upgrade, €150,000

Mullingar Kyokushinkai Karate Club €5,000

Athlone Tennis Club, club house and children’s courts, €80,000

Kinnegad Looped Walk, €125,000

Athlone, Disability equipment for playgrounds, €50,000

Athlone Boat Club, Coosan, €40,000

Athlone, Refurbishment of St Mary’s Community Hall, €250,000

Moate Upgrade of footpaths in Dun na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park, €100,000

Athlone Regional Sports Centre, Lighting of Walkways, €300,000

Total: €1,645,580