A NUMBER of existing and planned sidewalks in north and central Cork are to be part of a $ 3.5 million fund.
Funding announced on Friday focused on Measure 1, which is intended for small projects that require funding of up to € 20,000. The Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme is focused on developing the unique natural amenities of rural Ireland and supporting the adventure tourism sector in rural communities.
According to Friday’s announcement under Measure 1, thirteen projects in the county have been funded. The North Cork projects funded include the Analeentha Greenway in Mallow, which is funded with 20,000 euros, the Avondhu / Blackwater Way, which is funded with 19,800 euros, and the Kiskeam Walkway.
The Kiskeam Walkway in Duhallow will receive 20,000 euros to develop a 1.1 km long walkway through an existing forest plantation and connect it to the existing walkways in the village.
In Mid Cork, a total of almost € 35,000 has been split between two projects, Slí to tSuláin, which will receive an allocation of almost € 15,000 for a project to connect Baile Mhúirne and Cúil Aodha by building a walkway on the banks of the Sulán, and Béal Átha ‘ n Ghaorthaidh who received € 19,753.26.
The Kiskeam Walkway in Duhallow will receive 20,000 euros to develop a 1.1 km long walkway through an existing forest plantation and connect it to the existing walkways in the village. Another North Cork project that is benefiting is Glansheskin Woods in Kilworth, which has been allocated
“These assignments are very welcome as more and more people are putting on their walking shoes to get exercise,” said Cllr John Paul O’Shea,
“There are many local initiatives that will improve amenities for local people and tourists alike – this support from Minister Humphreys is timely and will prove it is worth the money.”
Other projects benefiting in Cork include the development of the Bandon River as a convenience for small boats and € 20,000 funding is also being provided to provide bird watching telescopes and signage in Clonakilty.
Under Action 1 of the program, implemented in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, projects in all counties have been selected for investments of up to € 20,000.
Funding for larger projects under Actions 2 and 3 of the program will be announced by Minister Humphreys in the coming weeks.
“We are now seeing an unprecedented level of investment in our outdoor facilities, backed by the most ambitious government policy for rural Ireland, Our Rural Future,” said Minister Humphreys.
“We will improve our mountain and forest paths so that we can further develop the beauty of our rural landscape.
“And within the framework of this fund, we will continue to develop our greenways, cycle paths and blueways.
“COVID-19 has given us a new appreciation for our great nature.
“That’s why I’m delighted that we can support so many great projects with this funding.”