€8 million in funding has been announced for a number of greenways, walking trails and other outdoor recreation projects throughout Ireland.

In total, 18 projects will benefit from the funding under the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

10 projects will avail of the maximum allotment of €500,000.

These include:

  • Galway - A walking/cycle track on a disused railway line between Clifden and Oughterard
  • Roscommon - A new cycle corridor from Lough Key Forest Park to the town of Boyle
  • Cork - A coastal walking route from Youghal Town Centre to Red Barn in Co Cork
  • Wexford - The development an 18 acre municipal park in Killeens
  • Mayo - The development of a walking and cycling trail over 19km along the southern edge of Clew Bay between Belclare and Louisburgh.
  • Kerry - Providing a new public access to Tomies Wood and will provide a car park for the users of the amenity.
  • Westmeath - The development of a greenway link along the former Kilbeggan Branch Canal for 13km and provision of a 1km line from the greenway which terminates at the harbour into urban core of Kilbeggan Town.
  • Cavan - This is the second phase within Cavan of the larger Greenway project which extends from Belturbet, Co. Cavan to Dromod, Co. Leitrim.
  • Sligo - To construct Phase 2 of 13.6km of trails for a national mountain bike trail centre. Phase 1 is supported with funding from the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
  • Meath - Provision of a Kells Walk/Cycleway along the N52 ring-road around the town of Kells.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says "Recreational tourism is a growing part of 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 very happy to be able to provide the financial resources necessary to support so many projects. 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."

Minister Ring says he'll be making more announcements in relation to funding for mid-sized projects at a later stage.