A WINDFALL of â‚¬260,000 will help transform the streetscape of Mungret later this year.
And to add to the good news relayed to area councillors, over â‚¬80,000 has been set aside this year for a new surface in the villageâ€™s main street.
The next step now will be to draw up a plan for the village centre to include roads, footpaths and public lights, the councillors were told by area engineer Finbar Keyes.
â€œNaturally, I am delighted to hear there is money coming for Mungret because we have had nothing for at least 20 years, and nothing was done in the villageâ€, Nigel Mercier, the first chairman of the newly-established Mungret Community Council said afterwards.
He went on to say that one of their main concerns, was the issue of health and safety. â€œWe have had no footpaths in the village,â€ he pointed out.
He described the funding of â‚¬340,000 as a step in the right direction. â€œWe now have our community council set up and we look forward to working with the council on what is the best plan for our village centre,â€ he added.
Limerick County Council applied for funding of â‚¬315,000 under the specific improvement grant scheme last year. The news that â‚¬260,000 had been allocated came through last Friday and was announced at the Adare Area meeting on Monday.
The new sewerage works in Mungret, which cost approximately â‚¬1.3m have been underway for several months and are due to be completed shortly.
But last year, concern was expressed that, after suffering severe disruption, noise and for many months, Mungret would simply be restored to its 20th century state â€“ with no â€¨improvements.
At the time, the Mungret Community Alert and the steering group for the new Community Council argued strongly that the ending of the sewerage works represented an opportunity. Happily, that now appears to be becoming reality.