Saturday 18 November 2017

Walk on Water: Ireland's first floating boardwalk opens on Shannon

Shannon Blueway Boardwalk

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ireland's first-ever "floating walkway" has been unveiled as part of a new, 600m-long boardwalk on the River Shannon.

The Shannon Blueway Boardwalk is at Acres Lake in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and forms part of a 14km off-road trail connecting the town with Leitrim Village.

The boardwalk, 160m of which extends over the water, was launched by Michael Ring TD, Minister for the Department of Rural and Community Development, this week.

It was installed by Waterways Ireland, with the aid of €500,000 from the Department's Rural Recreation Fund, and includes a car park and children's play area, next to Drumshanbo Outdoor Swimming Pool and the Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre.

Minister for the Department of Rural and Community Development, Minister Ring TD, opening the new Shannon Blueway Bardswalk.
Minister for the Department of Rural and Community Development, Minister Ring TD, opening the new Shannon Blueway Bardswalk.
The new Shannon Blueway Boardwalk
A drone capture of the new Shannon Blueway Boardwalk

The boardwalk is part of the Blueways Ireland network of walking, cycling and paddling trails - all of which are based on or alongside lakes, canals and rivers.

Three blueways currently exist - the Royal Canal Blueway, Shannon-Erne Blueway and Shannon Blueway through Leitrim and Roscommon. The latter alone has brought an additional 80,000 visitors to the area annually, according to Waterways Ireland.

Eventually, it will extend to Carrick-on-Shannon.

Eight new businesses have been established since it was brought to life, and activity providers and local businesses have launched several special Blueway packages for visitors.

See these, and other details, at bluewaysireland.org.

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