Leitrim County Council were successful in securing funding for four outdoor adventure projects to the value of €898,419 in a funding announcement made earlier today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, as part of an overall funding package of €15.5 million for project across the country.
The investment – a key part of Our Rural Future – will support rural economies and make Rural Ireland a more attractive destination for adventure tourism.
Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:
“The 84 projects that we are investing in today will benefit people of all ages and abilities for generations to come.
“This unprecedented investment will also help further our ambition to support our rural economies and make Rural Ireland a destination of choice for adventure tourism.
“Outdoor pursuits have become an even bigger part of all of our lives over the past two years.
“Through this Fund, we are developing and enhancing the fantastic natural amenities in our rural communities so more and more people can access and enjoy them.”
Leitrim County Council were successful in securing two projects under Measure 2 of the Out Recreational Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) and one project under Measure 3 as well as funding for one project under the development measure. The Project are as follows:
|Glenfarne Woods River, Lake, Island Multi Access Trail||Planning and design works to initiate the Blueway accreditation process via a cross-border engagement with the C2C, Sport Northern Ireland.|
Glenfarne Woods, Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim
|O'Rourke's Table Walking Trail Reopening and Enhancement Project||Reopening, rerouting and enhancement of the walking trail to O’Rourkes Table in Newtownmanor.|
Doonmorgan, Newtownmanor, Co. Leitrim
|Tullaghan Access to the Sea||Creation of a safe pathway access to Leitrim’s 4km coastline.|
Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim
|Cavan Leitrim Greenway|
Construction of 1.5km (3m wide) of greenway from Corgar to Drumcullion along the route of the abandoned Cavan-Leitrim Railway.
|Corgar, Co. Leitrim||€490,669|
The Minister continued:
“These projects, when complete, will make Rural Ireland an even better place to live, work, visit and raise a family.
“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.”
Caothairleach of Leitrim County Council, Councillor Paddy O’Rourke welcomed the ORIS funding approved for County Leitrim totalling €898,419, commenting “this funding will ensure continued investment in the quality outdoor recreation amenities around County Leitrim. The people of Leitrim have embraced the outdoors and in particular over the last almost two years during the pandemic, I am pleased to see this announcement today and I am confident that this funding will create further outdoor recreation facilities around the County that will be available to locals and visitors to the County. Councillor O’ Rourke continued “the importance of quality outdoor recreation facilities cannot be underestimated in safeguarding both our health and wellbeing into the future”.