Senator Marc Mac Sharry has today welcomed the announcement of €150,000 in Leader funding for Easkey Community Council to aid the development of a new Caravan Park for the West Sligo coastal village.
Following other initiatives in the area, the community council secured a site and applied for funding under the Sligo Leader Partnerships Rural Development Programme.
Senator Mac Sharry commented: “This important initiative by Easkey Community Council will greatly assist tourism in the area. Already rich in its tourism attributes from fishing to surfing among others, the addition of a caravan park for Easkey will help grow tourism in the area and give holiday makers the opportunity to stay for a period to enjoy the village and its community.
“This is great news for tourism in Sligo and a great testament to the community spirit and determination of the people of Easkey. It is not the first time their vision has delivered with their most recent addition, the Easkey Heritage Centre, only just opened in recent days. When opened the new caravan park will further enhance the tourism offer for Sligo and particularly Easkey and the western part of the county.”
Easkey Community Council hope to begin construction in the near future. It will include spaces for up to 48 caravans and will cost in the region of €300,000. A number of fundraising initiatives are currently being run by Easkey Community Council with great prizes to secure the balance of the funds required.
Senator Mac Sharry concluded: “Having attended the recent Sligo Leader Partnership Show Case it is clear for all to see just how much benefit can be realised in our communities by relatively modest funding and grant aid. From Enterprise to Tourism, Arts to Social supports it is incredible just how much has been achieved. With Easkey Community Council’s caravan park, yet another string is to be added to the bow. Well done to Leader CEO, Chris Gonaly, Easkey Community Council Chairman Joe Cosgrove, Secretary Margaret Conlon and all associated with the project.”