€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.


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Cork 'has capacity to deliver' as delegates arrive for global education conference

Gardaí stop drink driver to find fake insurance, tax and NCT discs

Sneak peak at what to expect for Ploughing Championship

Gardaí urged by Micheál Martin to produce evidence they were pushed to fake breath tests


Today's Stories

WATCH: Farming survey: Farmers oppose any Donald Trump visit to Ireland

Farming survey: Splashing the cash as the rural recovery takes hold

The party’s over: Cork to ban balloon launches

Gardaí and supervisors at odds on breath test scandal

Lifestyle

Decoding craftsmanship at Cork event

Cork a Safe Harbour for a superb festival

Made in Cork: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor talks playing IRA man in Maze film

Making Cents: Getting your home to pay for your next holiday

More From The Irish Examiner