€10k donated for Boyneside trail work
In July, a 400 metre stretch of the Boyneside Trail at Oldbridge, Co Meath, was completely destroyed by fire, caused by a suspected arson attack. The route opened in 2013 and has been a very popular amenity used by locals and visitors to the Boyne Valley.
Immediately after the incident, the Boyneside Trail Committee set up an on line funding campaign; and, in a week, raised €10,091.11 from donations made by the public.
Current estimates put the total repair costs at €170,000, which are not covered by insurance. Funds raised will assist Meath County Council in completing restoration works.
"We were absolutely outraged by this incident and determined to not let this wanton destruction stop our long term plans for this great facility", said committee member Eddie Phelan.
"Meath County Council did great work in completing a temporary surface structure and ensured the facility was reopened for visitors coming to the region for the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann", said Drogheda's Mayor Frank Godfrey.
"We were overwhelmed by the support we received from the local community, who have used and supported our trail from the start. The funds raised send out a strong message that the Boyneside Trail is part of our community and is a project that is greatly appreciated and valued. This has given the Boyneside Trail project renewed focus to build a greenway from Mornington, at the Boyne Estuary to Bru na Boinne interpretation centre", said Chairman Peter Monahan.
Tom Kelly, Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council receiving the cheque said "I am delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of Meath County Council, and thank all the people who contributed and supported this very worthy campaign."