Six Meath towns and villages are set to benefit from €7 million announced for enhancements to shopfronts and streetscapes.

AshbourneAthboyOldcastleLaytownBettystown and Slane in Co. Meath.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, says this investment is designed to make rural towns and villages more colourful, vibrant and attractive places to live, work and visit.

Business owners will be given funding to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork and install features such as canopies and street furniture.

A variety of efforts have been actively encouraged including attempts to paint buildings or shopfronts in highly visible colours, commissioning of murals in towns and villages, such as the Francis Ledwidge mural that already exists in Slane village, provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes and illumination and lighting of architectural feature

Anyone interested can

The Ledwidge mural in Slane

contact their local authority for information on how to apply.