Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. performed the official opening of the newly upgraded paths at Castlerea Demesne and visited An Chistin Food Hub on Saturday last 21st September.


Speaking after the visit, Senator Hopkins stated, “A significant amount of funding has been provided to further develop the amenities at the Castlerea Demesne from the Department of Rural and Community Development.” 


“€46,374.85 was provided under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. This funding was used to complete resurfacing of a number of the walking trails.  These upgrades improve the experience for all who use the Demesne and the Park Run which takes place each Saturday morning.”


“The Castlerea Towns Trust has also recently secured €42,300 for the development of an outdoor music instruments project under the CLÁR Programme. This initiative, which is the first of its kind in the country will provide a unique sensory experience for children in the area. I worked closely with committee members on both of these projects and delighted funding was approved.”


“Minister Ring also visited the An Chistin at the Hub in Castlerea to view the existing facilities and plans for the new food incubation units.  Funding of €1.545 million was recently approved by the Minister under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. It will add 10 incubation units which will take this exciting enterprise to the next stage of development.”


This project is very positive for Castlerea and surrounding towns as it will help to support people developing food products and businesses. People using the facility will be able to use the kitchen equipment and avail of training and support in their new ventures. The objective of this project is to support the creation of new or enhanced food products, adding value to existing products and helping individuals to establish food businesses and create jobs.”


“At present An Chistin offer Level 5 Professional Cookery Courses which are aimed at those who wish to develop their skills in the food service industry, offering many opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector.  I strongly compliment all involved in this development which includes the voluntary board, Roscommon County Council, Roscommon LEADER Partnership and GRETB.”