Funding of €75 million is being announced today for what are described as "landmark" regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.

A total of 24 projects are being funded under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

Many of them set to see vacant town centre buildings - including cinemas, courthouses, hotels, convents and market houses - transformed into remote working and hot desk facilities, enterprise and community centres.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, said these projects will "breathe new life into towns and villages across the country making them attractive and vibrant places for people to live, work, socialise and raise a family".

The financing comes from the €1 billion fund which has to date provided €243 million for 163 projects across the country.

This latest tranche of successful applications relates to projects where all necessary planning and consents are in place and are ready to proceed.

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Aerial view of how Ritz cinema in Ballybofey-Stranorlar will look after its transformation into a work hub

Co Donegal secured funding for the largest number of projects in this round - three in total - including €8.7 million for a regeneration project in Ballybofey-Stranorlar.

This includes the restoration of the old Ritz cinema into a 1,400sq metre Enterprise and Remote working hub; €8.2 million for the regeneration of an old department store in Carndonagh into a new digital fabrication laboratory and co-working hub and just over €2 million for a regeneration project in Burtonport.

Among the other projects being funded are the Portumna Courthouse Arts Centre in Galway; the regeneration of an old hotel in Dromahair in Leitrim to become a new library, e-learning, cultural and creative hub.

A further €7.6 million has been allocated to transform an old school into a community library, remote learning, education and training space in Kinnegad, Co Westmeath and €1.3million for Newbliss Enterprise and Digital Hub in Monaghan.