DEVIL’S Glen, on the outskirts of Ashford, has been awarded funding as part of a drive to support recreational and outdoor tourism for Coillte forests.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced the funding on Monday, which amounts to €1.2 million nationally, in addition to the €2 million already allocated.
The funding is designed to enhance the experience of visitors, support rural tourism and develop Ireland’s unique forest amenities.
Devil’s Glen will receive €94,500 for the replacement of three footbridges and a full upgrade of the access route into the car park.
Two of the Devil’s Glen’s biggest attractions are the 5.2km waterfall walk and the 4km Seamus Heaney walk, named after the late poet who used to live nearby and drew great inspiration from the forest for his work.
Cllr John Snell has welcomed the funding.
“It’s an exceptionally busy area. I passed by it last Sunday and there was cars everywhere. People have been cooped up for so long during lockdown, and it’s great to have such a great resource right on your doorstep where people can get out into the fresh air. This funding should help improve the whole experience for visitors.”