Tuesday 23 January 2018

€1m for Cork greenways and recreational projects

Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí (Kealkill to Guagan) is one of the projects that will benefit from the funding
Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí (Kealkill to Guagan) is one of the projects that will benefit from the funding

Tadhg Evans

Cork is set to benefit to the tune of over €1.1million in funding for outdoor recreational facilities, a list which includes amenities in Avondhu, Blarney, Carrignavar, Macroom, Mallow, and Múscraí.

The announcement was made as part of an allocation of over €11million for projects nationwide by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring this week. The lion’s share of the Cork package, €1million, will go towards an extension of some five kilometres to the Cork Harbour Greenway from Passage West to Monkstown, thus completing a link from Páirc Uí Chaoimh to Crosshaven.

The Cork package covers a total of 14 projects and, excluding the Greenway extension, each will receive between €5,000 and €10,000.

Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí, a trail between Kealkill and Guagán Barra, will receive €10,000, while €8,500 will go towards the Blarney Walking Trails. Over €9,000 will go between the Killavullen Loop Upgrade, the Ballard Waterfall Trail Upgrade, and Blackwater Way marketing, with €10,000 allocated to Macroom Town Park. Almost €20,000 will also be allocated between projects in Mallow and Carrignavar.

“This is a really exciting and significant announcement that has major impact and benefits for health and wellbeing, keeping fit and being active outdoors, as well as recreational tourism which is a huge growth area for Ireland,” Minister Simon Coveney TD said in response to the announcements.

“We want to see more people enjoying the many greenways, blueways and walking trails in our county and our country.

“I am particularly excited about the investment of €1 million in the Cork Harbour Greenway Extension, as well as a number of small funding announcements for Glanmire, Blarney, Youghal, Whitegate, Bandon, Macroom, Mallow, Carrignavar, Carrigtwohill and Avondhu. This announcement represents funding that totals €1,109,520 for Cork,” he added.


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