Several projects in Roscommon and Galway will benefit in an announcement made on Monday under the Recreation Development Scheme made by Minister Michael Ring the Minister for Rural Affairs. I welcome these announcements and any funding that will aid tourism and recreational facilities in rural areas.
In Galway five projects were approved under Measure 1, which provides a maximum grant of €10,000 for the maintenance or promotion of existing infrastructure as follows: Palace Grounds Community Park, Tuam, €10,000; County Galway Park Trails in Tuam and Loughrea €10,000; Roxborough Commonage Nature Trail, Kilchreest €10,000; Kilconly Community Recreation €9,500 and Lismany Bog Nature Walk, Laurencetown €4,000.
In addition funding of €986,692 was allocated to the Heritage Council for the development of the Beare Breifne Way under measure 3 of the programme. . The walk, which is Ireland’s longest walking trail, takes in large parts of county Galway travelling through Tiernascragh, Meelick, Eyrecourt, Clonfert, Aughrim, Ahascragh and further north through Ballygar, Creggs, Glinsk and on to Ballymoe before continuing the journey through north Roscommon and on to O’Rourke’s castle in Leitrim. The walk continues on to Blacklion in County Cavan.
In Roscommon over 100,000 Euro was allocated to 15 projects. The Lake O’Flynn Loop, Padraig Pearses GAA Walking Track, Doon Shore Amenity, Elphin Town Trail, Tarmon Bog Trail, Cloonlarge Loop Kilteevan have all been allocated 10,000 Euro. There is 6,000 Euro for Killukin Cascade Waterfall, Elphin Public Amenity Gardens, Errit Lodge Walk, Frenchpark Walkway and the Suck Valley Walking Route. There are also smaller allocations to the Rindoon Looped Walk in Lecarrow, the Miners Walk, the Frenchpark Walkway and for the refurbishment of toilets at Ballinagare.