Scoil Molaise, Old Leighlin Primary School, Carlow.
Old Leighlin National School is to receive €44,976 under the CLÁR programme for upgrading its existing playground equipment, it has been confirmed.
The CLÁR programme invovles targeted investment which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered the greatest levels of population decline.
Fine Gael Cllr Pat Deering said: "I’m delighted to have worked with the School Principal, Parents Council and Board of Management on this appeal.
"This is great news for Scoil Molaise in Old Leighlin, a significant amount of money that will be put to good use. €45k for upgrading of existing playground and purchase of new equipment is very welcome indeed.
"I’m glad the whole appeals process works and pleased to have been able to support it."
In all, a further €1.6 million is being shared among the 51 rural communities to provide safety measures, play areas and multi-use games areas for schools and communities under the CLÁR Programme 2018.
More than 1,200 projects have been supported by the funding since Minister Ring re-introduced the scheme in 2016.
Projects supported by CLÁR funding to date include pedestrian crossings, flashing lights and speed indicators adjacent to schools and community facilities in order to slow down traffic as well as play grounds and multi-use games areas and supports for emergency responders.