New Playground for Killucan
The official opening of the Killucan Playground took place on Friday 26th April 2013. This much welcomed recreational facility is the culmination of the endeavours of a local group, the Killucan Raharney Recreation group chaired by Anne Marie McArdle. This group were successful in receiving 75% grant aid for the playground from Westmeath Community Development through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2007-2013. They also undertook local fundraising to provide 5% of the required funds with Westmeath County Council providing 20% funding.
Speaking at the official opening Mr Dermot Leavy Chairman of Westmeath Community Development commended all involved for their hard work in making this project a reality for the communities in Killucan and Raharney.
The LEADER Programme has been instrumental in providing funds for projects throughout Westmeath for almost two decades. The current Rural Development Programme has invested heavily in the economic and social fabric of rural Westmeath with over 4.5million committed to projects since 2009. This investment has contributed significantly to improving the quality of life of people living in rural Westmeath.