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Larne ‘en route’ to £20,000 spruce up ahead of Giro d’Italia: McCausland

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £20,000 to help Larne ‘gear up’ for the Giro d’Italia bike race in May.
Thursday, 27 March 2014

Visiting Larne Minister McCausland said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the people of Larne to show case their town to a worldwide audience. I share with my Executive colleagues and Local Government our pleasure in being able to stage this prestigious event, which will attract mass interest and media coverage across so many of our towns and cities.

“The funding provided by my Department will be used to improve properties within the town centre which may be seen by millions of viewers across the globe. The many visitors and tourists will experience a warm welcome and the funding will provide a lasting legacy for the people of Larne.”

Mayor of Larne, Councillor Maureen Morrow said “Larne Borough is looking forward to welcoming many local and international visitors to participate in the excitement of the Giro d’Italia. The Council was pleased to assist with additional funds to those already provided by the Department for Social Development, to ensure that town centre businesses along the route of the race are looking fresh and bright”.

Funding for the Grande Partenza will come from a range of tourism stakeholders and sponsors, including the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) through the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Other funders include Belfast City Council, Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Mediolanum International Funds/Life. The total cost to Northern Ireland is expected to be in the region of £4.2million, with £3million from DETI/EU.

Notes to editors:

  1. DSD has allocated £18,000 towards the spruce up of properties in Larne and Larne Borough Council has contributed a further £2,000.
  2. The Giro d’Italia takes place from 9-11 May across Belfast, the Causeway Coast, Glens of Antrim and Armagh before finishing in Dublin. The event is being supported by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
  3. See photos from the Department for Social Development in our collection at Flickr.
  4. All media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9215 or out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned.