Rural Development Programme - LEADER
Local Development Strategy 2014-2020
LEADER is an EU funded programme aimed at improving the quality of life in rural areas and diversifying the rural economy. It supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed part of EU funding supports since 1991. For the new LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will be the Local Action Group with Westmeath Community Development Ltd as the lead Implementation Partner. A budget of €7.4m is available for Westmeath under this new Programme.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. is preparing the Local Development Strategy for Co. Westmeath on behalf of the Local Action Group, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee. This Local Development Strategy will set out the objectives and actions proposed for the new LEADER programme.
As part of the process in developing the Local Strategy, submissions are invited from interested parties under any or all of the following Themes:
- Rural Economic Development/Enterprise Development and Job Creation in relation to: Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Broadband, Rural Towns
- Social Inclusion through Building Community Capacity, Training and Animation in relation to
- Rural Environment: targeting multiple environmental objectives including the protection and sustainable use of water resources, the protection and improvement of biodiversity and the development of Renewable Energy.
Submissions as part of the initial consultation phase are to be forwarded on or before Friday, 7th August, 2015 for the attention of:
Bernie Leavy, Westmeath Community Development Ltd, Mullingar Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Email; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Further information can be obtained by contacting 044 9348571
Local Development Strategy Consultation Brief
Nationwide Revisited focus on Westmeath
Nationwide Revisited returned to the TV screens on Sunday May 27th at 7pm on RTÉ One with a trip to St Finian's College in Mullingar, where the Schola Cantorum was set up by the Catholic Hierarchy in 1970 to train young men in its music conservatoire.
Michael Ryan meets some of the scholarship pupils to hear about the magnificent choral singing and musicianship and chats to Fr Paul Connell about the changes through the decades.
Girls entered the hallowed halls when the boarding element of the school was phased out and the Schola has produced organists and singers who are involved in parishes all over the world and Ireland.
Fr Paul was a pupil when the archive footage of the Schola was shot in 1975 and now has come full circle as principal: "I just couldn't seem to get away," he said.
Michael then travels across Mullingar to meet Bryan Peters where 15 years ago, reporter, Mary Fanning visited him at Ladestown House on the shores of Lough Ennell to meet a jackdaw who had become part of the family.
When Mary arrived, the bird flew to her shoulder and cameraman Neilus Dennehy rolled and captured her unique piece to camera, with Jack the jackdaw on her shoulder!
Michael Ryan finds out what happened to that little bird and whether its descendants are still living on the grounds of Ladestown House.
The Revisited team moves on to Belvedere House where the tourism initiatives continue and thrive with one stunning project after another, including the Horticulture FETAC LTI Programme, supported by Westmeath Community Development