The Government yesterday announced funding allocations for specific projects under the Urban Centre’s Grant Scheme 2014 – 2020. There was one allocation for each of the 4 Dublin Local Authorities. The allocations included €1.47 million of EU funding to Fingal County Council to develop Swords Civic and Cultural Centre.
The Council in making its application, proposed three key elements of the Swords Castle development.
1. Works to up-grade Swords Castle as an all year round venue capable of hosting planned events which will be more accessible as both a heritage tourist attraction and public amenity.
2. Derelict buildings on North Street which partially block access around the Castle will be redeveloped to provide public facilities including interpretation of the cultural significance of the Castle area, tourism information and a pedestrianised heritage route along the East wall of the Castle.
3. A public realm strategy will be developed and implemented in front of the Swords Castle at the junction of Main Street and North Street. The projects will be completed within the 3 year programme of the scheme with a combined cost estimate of €3million.
This is a a huge boost for Swords and the overall Cultural Plan for the town. Credit goes to the Council staff who put in the work to secure this funding.