Regeneration projects in Roscommon, Galway, Sligo and Leitrim are to receive funding under the latest round of allocations from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund.

Minister Heather Humphreys has announced a package of €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects nationwide to rejuvenate town centres and drive economic growth.

It will see old schools, cinemas, courthouses and vacant buildings being transformed into remote working hubs, creative studios, visitor centres, museums, libraries, enterprise and community spaces.

In Co Leitrim, almost €600,000 is being allocated for a landmark project which will see two buildings in Drumshanbo - including the former Bank of Ireland - repurposed as a Smart Working Hub and Creative Studios, providing remote working and creative spaces.

In Co Galway, €798,000 is being invested in redesigning the Market Square and town centre streets in Gort, and will reinvigorate Canon Quinn Park in the town centre.

In Sligo, €580,000 has been allocated for the regeneration of Ballisodare - this will involve developing plans for the Sally Gardens area, to include a new town park with activity and event spaces, as well as new pedestrian routes, traffic management and a river trail.

Roscommon County Council is to receive funding for two regeneration projects -

€560,000 has been allocated to revitalise the centre of Strokestown, including improved parking, plans for redeveloping Bawn Street, creating a civic space at the gates to Strokestown House and creating a community garden.

And €1.2 million goes to Monksland in south Roscommon - to complete plans for the creation of a town centre focus for Monksland with a new community hub, linear park and increased pedestrian and cycle links between residential and commercial areas.

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