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Minister Humphreys announces €6.5 million in funding for outdoor recreational amenities

4th March 2021 - Heather Humphreys TD

  • 38 projects across the country to benefit under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. 
  • Projects will support enhanced interest in outdoor pursuits post COVID
  • Funding made in partnership with Fáilte Ireland
  • Further announcement on larger scale projects to be made shortly 

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., today (4th March 2021) announced over €6.5 million in funding for 38 projects under Measure 2 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. 

The scheme provides funding for the development, promotion and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways, and blueways. The funding announced today will benefit 38 medium-sized projects, with funding of up to €200,000 each (Measure 2 projects). 

This investment is in addition to €3.2 million approved for 174 smaller Measure 1 projects in January and is being funded in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.

Examples of the projects awarded funding today include:

  • Co Leitrim – Sheemore Walk and Cycle Track: €149,400
  • Co Wexford – Forth Mountain Equestrian Trail and Ballybrittas Portal Tomb Walk: €166,500
  • Co Sligo – Benbulben Access Upgrade Project, including new disability and age-friendly spaces: €198,000
  • Co Clare – O’Briensbridge canoe trails with floating pontoon jetty: €200,000
  • Co. Roscommon – Portrun Water and Land Outdoor Recreation Amenity Improvements: €200,000
  • Co Cork – Trails at Mallow Castle Grounds and Blueway facilities along the River Blackwater: €200,000
  • Co Cavan – Dromore Greenway: €200,000
  • Co Longford – Newtownforbes Bog Walk: €200,000
  • Co. Monaghan – Ballybay Trail Network: €200,000

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“The value we place on our outdoor amenities, and the contribution which they make to our physical and mental wellbeing, has never been more appreciated than during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

“We can also expect our outdoor recreation facilities to play an important part in supporting Ireland’s social and economic recovery as restrictions on movements are relaxed and the tourism sector re-opens. 

“That’s why I’m delighted to support the continued development and enhancement of our outdoor recreation infrastructure through this €6.5 million investment. In total, 38 projects across the country will benefit. This brings the total investment this year alone under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme to €9.7 million. These facilities will make such a difference to communities and will also have a hugely positive impact on tourism.

“Since 2016, my Department has allocated over €61 million to 959 projects through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme invests in physical infrastructure that underpins recreational activities based on the use of the resources of the countryside. This investment is making a significant contribution to supporting healthy, active lifestyles while also building the economic and tourism potential of rural areas. 

“I want to acknowledge the support of our partners, Fáilte Ireland, who are once again contributing to the funding of successful projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.”

The Minister is expected to make a further announcement in respect of Measure 3 projects (larger projects accessing funding of up to €500,000 each) in the coming weeks. 

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