€6.6m funding for outdoor tourism projects announced

More than €6.6m in funding has been announced for nine outdoor tourism projects.

The announcement was made today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar during a visit to the mid west region, which will benefit from three projects with grants of €3.2m.

Minister Varadkar said the funding will develop Ireland’s growing status as an outdoor activity holiday destination.

"Tourists are always on the lookout for things to do. Many want to experience our beautiful scenery through either walking or cycling," he said.

“These grants will enhance destinations like the Burren, the Clare Glens and Spike Island. Walking and cycling play to our strengths as a holiday destination. The easier we make it for participants, the more attractive Ireland becomes as a destination.

The projects receiving funding are:

- Derrynane House, Co Kerry: Funding of €1.22m for works at the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell;

- Burren Heritage Trail, Co Clare: Funding of up to €51,315 for a series of heritage walking trails;

- Doolin Cycle Hub, Co Clare: Funding of €10,000 towards the further development of the existing cycle route in Doolin.

- Clare Glens Amenity Area, Co Tipperary: Funding of approximately €120,000 for upgrades and enhancements;

- Nenagh Cycleway Signage, Co Tipperary: Funding of just over €12,700 for additional signage on North Tipperary Cycle Network;

- Great Western Greenway: Cycleway to Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo: Funding of €830,000 to develop a cycleway to Croagh Patrick which will include a two way, traffic-free walking and cycling path from the Great Western Greenway at Westport, to Belclare.

- Great Western Greenway: Castlebar to Islandeady Link, Co Mayo: Funding of approximately €950,000 is being provided to link existing tourism infrastructure, the Greenway and the Castlebar walking loops;

- Riverside improvements in Limerick: Funding of €3.15 million for the development of a trail between Shannon Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge along Howley’s Quay;

- Spike Island Walk, Co Cork: Funding of €256,000 has been approved for the development of walks around Fort Mitchell on Spike Island.

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