Funding of over €80,000 for out of doors tasks in Offaly welcomed by native TD


Wed Aug 3, 2022 11:22 am

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Wed Aug 3, 2022 at 11:35 am

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Wednesday 3 August) announced nearly €6 million in funding with over €80,000 for Offaly to develop outdoor adventure projects.

Investment under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will be key to improving outdoor amenities such as walkways, bike paths, rivers, lakes and beaches.

In response to today’s announcement, Offaly TD Barry Cowen said: “I am delighted to be informed today by Secretary Heather Humphreys that the following projects in Offaly have been funded under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS). Well done to everyone involved.”

The Figile River Walk was funded with €7,946 for modernization work.

Small repairs to the Seven Blessed Wells at Killleigh outside of Tullamore are being funded with €12,885.

The Offaly Way will receive €27,500 for minor maintenance and work on its branch loops at Kilcormac and Lough Boora.

The Shinrone Sensory Nature Trail and Woodland Walk received €6,555 as part of the program.

Eventually, the Slieve Bloom Way will receive €27,500 to carry out minor maintenance and repair work.

Minister Hackett also welcomed recent ORIS funding of €82,386 for outdoor projects in Offaly. Minister Hackett said: “I am delighted with the funding for the Shinrone Sensory Nature Trail and Woodland Walk this round. Offaly has so much to offer locals and visitors alike in our beautiful natural environment and this funding helps make walks safer and more accessible for all.”

It will also provide a major boost to the local economy, attracting visitors and boosting Ireland’s reputation as an adventure tourism destination.

As part of today’s announcement, nearly €4.3 million will be used to improve around 163 outdoor facilities across the country. Each project receives up to €30,000 to support its further development.

In addition, grants will be invested in 37 outdoor projects that are currently in an early stage of development. These projects are to be funded with up to 50,000 euros.

Funding for major projects under Actions 2 and 3 of the program will be announced by Minister Humphreys in the coming weeks.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“We’re in the middle of summer and I know whatever the weather there are families going out and enjoying the great outdoors that Ireland has to offer.

“The funding I’m announcing today will support the advancement of our greenways, blueways and trails, making them even more enjoyable places for families.

“Every county will benefit from today’s announcement. So if you’re a hiker, a swimmer, a cyclist or even a fisherman, check out the list to see what’s happening in your county. Exercising outdoors in the fresh air can be a tonic for both body and soul, and we’ve all been reminded of that during the pandemic.

“Some of these amenities are often hidden gems on our doorstep, so I encourage people to get out there and spend the rest of the summer exploring.”

Minister Humphreys continued:

“In recent years my department has made unprecedented investments in our outdoor facilities, backed by our most ambitious rural development policy in decades, ‘Our Rural Future’.

“Outdoor recreational tourism is a growing sector internationally and has the potential to have major economic spin-offs for our rural towns and villages.

“My department is in an advanced stage of developing the new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy that will underpin this investment and provide it with a platform for continued growth.”

Wed Aug 3, 2022 11:22 am

Last updated:
Wed Aug 3, 2022 at 11:35 am