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  • Farming

€500,000 windfall for Virginia Show

Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 12:55pm

Story by Damian McCarney
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€500,000 windfall for Virginia Show
€500,000 windfall for Virginia Show

Virginia Show Society are to receive €500,000 in funding for an impressive development including a multi-purpose events arena, it has been announced today.

Minister for Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD sanctioned Cavan-Monaghan Leader to approve the funding of €500,000 to Virginia Show Centre Ltd, and confirmed the news to his party colleague, Deputy Joe O'Reilly.

This funding will go towards the construction of an integrated rural resource centre on the current site of the showgrounds in Virginia. The facility will consist of a multi-purpose events arena, and a two-storey annex incorporating kitchen, dining hall, farm shop, reception area, meeting rooms, manager's office and external viewing area.

The funding is being provided under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

Deputy O'Reilly was "delighted" by the news.

"I would like to congratulate the Virginia Show Society on their excellent initiative and well run scheme, Councillor Paddy O'Reilly for all his work on this project and Cavan Leader for a professional application" said Deputy O'Reilly.

"With an estimated total project cost of €890,473.67, this is a very significant investment by the promoters and will enhance the quality of life of the urban and rural community of Virginia through providing them with their first dedicated community facility."

This project will now go back to the Board of Cavan-Monaghan Leader for final approval.

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