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Minister Ring approves over €11 million for more than 200 Rural Recreation Projects

Published: 31st July 2017

Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced that he has approved over €11 million in funding for projects under Measures 1 and 3 of the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.

The grants being awarded will support a mix of smaller local measures with grants of up to €10,000 each (Measure 1), and larger projects will have a significant national or regional impact (Measure 3). Grants of between €100,000 and €1 million are available under the latter measure.

Making the announcement today, Minister Ring said:

“Recreational tourism is a growing sector in Ireland’s tourism offering, and we have seen an increase in the number of Irish and overseas visitors enjoying the many greenways, blueways and walking trails which have been developed around the country in recent years.

 I am delighted to announce funding of €11.4 million to 219 projects that encapsulate the diversity of work that is ongoing across the country to provide high quality recreational infrastructure for visitors and locals alike. The projects which I am approving today range from innovative mountain bike trails in Offaly and Sligo, to two iconic Way-Marked Ways in Cork and Mayo.

 The funding also includes support for Coillte to maintain the many wonderful walks and trails through woodlands and forests across Ireland. In addition funding will support the extension of the Shannon Erne Blueway in Leitrim and Cavan, reinforcing the role of our inland waterways as a recreational resource of significant tourism potential.”

The Minister continued:

“Local Authorities, State Agencies and communities have spent significant time and effort developing the project proposals over the last number of months and I am very happy to be able to provide the financial resources necessary to support so many projects, whether at local or regional level. I firmly believe that the continued development of our recreational infrastructure will not only support Ireland’s rural tourism potential, but will also provide a diverse range of recreation options for local communities to support their own health and fitness and enjoy the countryside with their families. I hope to make further announcements under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the Autumn”. 


Measure 1 Small Scale Maintenance/Promotional Material

  • Laois New access route to Oughaval Wood Stradbally Stradbally €7,536
  • Laois Blueway 7k walk in Ballacolla Ballacolla €4,957
  • Laois Slieve Bloom Way Glenbarrow €7,990
  • Laois The Durrow Leafy Loop South Laois €5,999
  • Laois Proposed Mountrath Sli na Slainte walking route Mountrath €9,843
  • Laois Woodenbridge Blueway 10K Cycle Woodenbridge €4,957
  • Laois Binninea Loop Cullahill €4,578
  • Laois Slieve Bloom Way Laois €6,000
  • Longford Longford Town Sli na Slainte Route Abbeycartron €4,000
  • Longford Identify all trails in Longford that would benefit from detailed digital mapping Longford County €8,000
  • Longford Develop a road into a waterfall Aughnaciffe €10,000
  • Longford Information Boards and Mapping Ballinamuck €4,000
  • Longford Mill Race Drumlish €7,392
  • Longford Website to promote Royal Canal Greenway Co Longford €10,000
  • Longford Develop a jetty into the River Camlin Ballinalee €10,000
  • Longford Lough Ree carpark resurfacing Bleanavoher €7,479
  • Longford Barragh Beg/Bishop O'Higgins Trail Drumlish €7,920
  • Longford Literary Trail South Longford €8,976
  • Longford Rebel Trail North Longford €7,392
  • Longford Royal Canal Way Cloonturk €10,000
  • Offaly The Slieve Bloom Way Offaly €8,251
  • Offaly The Offaly Way Offaly €8,211
  • Offaly Cadamstown Nature Trail/Pauls Lane Loop Offaly €5,653
  • Offaly Erry Hills Way Clara €8,000
  • Offaly Grand Canal Greenway Offaly €10,000
  • Westmeath Portlick Trails Glassan €10,000
  • Westmeath Big Meadow Trail Athlone €10,000
  • Westmeath Pipers Court to Royal Canal Access Mullingar €10,000
  • Westmeath Carpark at Shandonagh for access to Royal Canal Greenway Mullingar €10,000
  • Westmeath Riverstown carparking Killucan €10,000
  • Westmeath Public lights on Pipers Boreen access to Royal Canal G/way Mullingar €10,000
  • Westmeath Coralstown Royal Canal entrance at Mary Lynch's Coralstown €10,000
  • Westmeath Carpark at Gartlandstown Lough Derravaragh Mullingar €10,000
  • Westmeath Carpark at Fishfarm/Canal Supply Mullingar €9,310
  • Westmeath Baltrasna Carparking Baltrasna €10,000
  • Westmeath Thomastown Harbour Killucan €10,000
  • Westmeath Old CIE Road Trail Moate €10,000
  • Westmeath Golden Mile Trail Athlone €10,000
  • Westmeath Coolnahay Carparking Coolnahay €10,000
  • Westmeath Dublin Galway Greenway Athlone €10,000

Measure 3: National/Regional Large Scale Strategic Projects

  • Offaly County Council Laois CoCo and Coillte Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail €1,000,000
  • Westmeath County Council Athlone Regional Sports Centre Athlone Recreational Park €784,324
  • Longford County Council Waterways Ireland & Ballymahon Royal Canal Amenity Group Royal Canal Way Marked Way €350,000
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