€1.7m to transform former Royal Hotel in Boyle

Development: New enterprise centre, civic space and promenade

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

€1.7m to transform former Royal Hotel in Boyle

Frank Feighan on Boyle funding

Significant funding has been allocated to transform the old Royal Hotel in Boyle town centre into a new enterprise centre and civic space.


Senator Frank Feighan warmly welcomed more than €1.7m in funding allocated by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring under the rural regeneration and develop- ment programme to Roscommon County Council to help transform the site.


“This is wonderful news and another significant boost for the town of Boyle and I want to commend especially the work of Roscommon County Council and Boyle Town team in progressing this project,” he said.


The regeneration project will undertake a series of linked projects, including the refurbishment and conversion of the old Royal Hotel into an enterprise centre, exhibition space, information point and coffee dock and the creation of a new riverside promenade, which will link the town centre to key tourism attractions using the river such as King House and Boyle Abbey.
Senator Feighan continued: “Boyle has already become a major beneficiary of government investment with the Boyle 2040 blueprint being the key driver in leveraging funding.


“A series of funding announcements in the last number of months has included a €500,000 allocation to develop a cycleway linking Boyle and Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, and €100,000 to fund a pilot scheme to attract more people to live in the town centre.


“I have said this many times but for too long, Boyle had been severely impacted by recession and this was magnified by the fact it is not a county or regional town. However, I strongly believe that all of these projects which have secured funding marks the beginning of great days ahead for the town of Boyle.”


Fine Gael local election candidate for Boyle Municipal District, Keith Suffin, also welcomed the funding.
“It is very evident that Boyle, through the work of many people, is going from strength to strength and this can only be good news in the long-term for our local tourism product and our local economy,” Mr Suffin said.