Ulster Canal Stores re-opens, with support from Pobal’s Community Services Prog
23 September 2015

Ulster Canal Stores re-opens, with support from Pobal’s Community Services Programme


​The Ulster Canal Stores, located in Clones County Monaghan, recently celebrated its official re-opening with a range of events and activities on Saturday 12th September.

Jointly officiated by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD and Northern Irish Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA, the re-opening of the historic site marked the completion of extensive renovation work, initiated by the Clones Erne East Blackwater Project and brought to completion by the Clones Development Society who now manage the facility.

The work was part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Ireland.

Another important funding element, essential to ensuring the facility is open to the community and the wider public, was the grant that Clones Development Society secured under the Community Services Programme (CSP), funded by the Department of Social Protection and managed by Pobal.

Manager Deirdre Kelly said; “Pobal have been extremely supportive and helpful and our designated Development Coordinator worked closely with the company at every stage of the process.”

Pobal CEO, Denis Leamy said;
The revamped Canal Stores facility will provide a superb outlet for tourism and community activity on both sides of the border. Pobal was extremely impressed by the submission they made for funding and is delighted to be associated with this project.
Through the funding they received under the Community Services Programme, a centre manager and three full-time staff have been employed.

The Ulster Canal Stores now features a new bistro and coffee shop and the Clones Lace shop’s permanent exhibition. The Stores plan to host drama/music events, parties, functions, photographic and craft exhibitions as well as educational and hobby classes and guided tours. The staff recruited and employed through CSP (a manager along with an administrator, a chef and a tourism heritage worker), will make an important contribution to developing the services and amenities on offer to visitors and the local community.

The Community Services Programme is funded by the Department of Social Protection and provides grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups. It also aims to ensure that the benefits from public investment in community amenities or facilities, such as the Ulster Canal Stores, are fully realised.