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11/01/2019

Fillip for Ireland’s greenway infrastructure

Words: Roger Milne
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Nearly 80 walking and cycling greenways and trails across rural Ireland are to be developed and upgraded, thanks to €11 million funding.

The funding is part of the government’s action plan on rural development, and is a joint initiative between it and Fáilte Ireland.

The grants will support a mix of medium-scale new developments, and the repair and upgrade of many existing recreational trails in rural areas. The successful projects will receive grants of up to €200,000 each.

The projects include:

  • The Great Arch Trail from Polletto Fanad Head in Donegal.
  • The development of an outdoor activity hub in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny.
  • A pedestrian walkway from Cashel to the Rock of Cashel and HoreAbbey in County Tipperary.
  • The development of a walkway/cycleway at Mallow Castle grounds in County Cork.
  • The creation of the Boyne Greenway in Drogheda, County Louth.
  • The extension of the Westport to Achill greenway in County Mayo.

Minister for rural and community development Michael Ring said competition for greenway/walkway funds from local communities nationwide was hugely competitive. “Every area in the country is now fighting for funding,” he said. “Communities realise the benefits of activity tourism.”

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