A total of almost €1.2m has been announced in rural regeneration and development funding for the towns of Ballisodare in County Sligo and for Drumshanbo in County Leitrim.
Ballisodare is to get €580,000 while almost €600,000 has been allocated to Drumshanbo.
The €580,000 going to Ballisodare is for the development of the Sally Gardens area, made famous in the Yeats poem, Down By the Salley Gardens.
Plans for Ballisodare include a new town park, off-street parking, pedestrian routes, traffic management and a river trail.
Independent Sligo Councillor Marie Casserly says the project will transform the town, which has grown significantly in recent years.
Almost €600,000 has been allocated to Drumshanbo for a project that plans to repurpose two high-profile buildings in the town centre.
Drumshanbo-based Fine Gael Councillor McGloin is chairman of Drumshanbo Community Council.
Cllr. McGloin outlined what is planned for the town.
The allocations have been welcomed by local councillors and by Sligo/Leitrim TD Minister Frank Feighan.
Minister Feighan says the money will be a huge boost to Ballisodare and Drumshanbo, both growing towns.