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€628,000 for Midland outdoor recreation

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday March 28th,) announced funding of €4.1 million to develop and enhance over 150 outdoor recreation projects.

The investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will be key to enhancing our mountain trails, forest walks, cycleways, rivers, lakes and beaches.

It will also provide a boost to local economies by attracting more visitors to our rural communities.

Up to €30,000 will be invested in each project under today’s round of funding – with a focus being placed on small scale enhancements, upgrades and repair.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“I believe the projects receiving funding today will play an important role in attracting more visitors to our rural towns and villages. So my big message as Minister today is to get out and explore those hidden gems in your community. The clocks are going forward this weekend – a perfect reason to go on that hike or cycle and enjoy the great outdoors.”


Glenbarrow Upgrade of Glenbarrow Amenity Area €30,000

Upgrade of River Delour Amenity Area €30,000

Provision of outdoor recreational maps and sign boards throughout County Laois €30,000

Phase 3 Trail Development Carrigmeal Woodland Walks Further enhancement works €30,000

Phase 3 Killeshin Reservoir Trail Extension walking trails €30,000

Laois Partnership Derryounce Lakes & Trails Trail Upgradepaths €30,000

Laois Total €180,000

Minister Humphreys opening Newtownforbes, Longford, 2023


Derrycassin Woods Car Park Provision of carparking €30,000

Leebeen Park Trail Enhancement works €30,000

Derragh River Walk Car Park Improvements €30,000

Newcastle Woods Car Park Upgrade works €30,000

Corn Hill and Ardagh Trail Maintenance of trails €30,000

Edenmore Bog and Corlea Bog Trail Maintenance of trails €30,000

Longford Total – €180,000


Slieve Bloom Way & ancillary loops at Cadamstown & Kinnitty €30,000

Offaly Way & ancillary loops at Kilcormac and Lough Boora €30,000

Offaly Local Development Company Replace decayed fencing posts on the Figile Walk €5,494

Resurface Phase 2 Bog Road Lusmagh Heritage Enhancement works €26,460

Offaly Total €91,954


Enhancement of Walking Trails and Bridleway at Portlick Reinstate and improve

route sections in the Portlick Amenity Area €30,000

Upgrading of the existing Scragh Bog carpark €29,700

Portaneena Amenity Enhancement €30,000

Upgrade of Surface of 1.5km trail at Milltownpass Bog & Woodland Trail €29,475

Provision of signage for orientation and interpretation at Portlick amenity woodlands €30,000

Marketing campaign for Westmeath’s greenways €27,000

Westmeath Total €176,175

Further announcements of successful projects under Measures 2 and 3 of ORIS 2023 will be made in the coming weeks. For more see


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