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POSTED 18.2.2019

Highlighting the impact of EU funding in NW Region

StoryLab recently worked with the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) to create two books about EU funding and how it has benefitted communities across Ireland.

The aim of this storytelling project was to build a collection of relatable stories and images that demonstrated the positive impact EU funding has had on Irish life.

The project covered a variety of projects from life-extending health research by CÚRAM in NUI Galway to a cutting edge co-working space based in Co Leitrim.

All 23 projects included in the book were funded by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF). Others ranged from physical infrastructure, such as the building of a railway bridge, to a pilot study on the impact of Electric Vehicles, or EVs.

StoryLab produced the stories and designed both of the #EU In My Region story books which covered 30 years of funding and included a special foreword by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Our writers fanned out across the region to interview representatives from different organisations and businesses about how EU funding has helped them to reach their various goals.

Our intrepid photographers even took to the water, with one project only possible to be snapped from a boat in the middle of a lake.

Many of the projects have had knock-on benefits for local economies. Lough Key Forest and Activity Park in Co Roscommon, received EU funding of €6.5 million to turn an 860-acre site into what is now the region’s most popular tourist destination. The park welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year, some of whom stay in local hotels and use other local services.