Laois Nationalist — Two Laois out of doors tasks share €254,000 windfall

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Derryounce Lake. Photo: Portarlington Clean Cities

TWO outdoor recreation projects in Laois share a windfall of over €250,000, funding announced today.

The River Erkina Community Blueway gets €191,728, while Derryounce Lakes & Trails in Portarlington gets €62,444.

The Laois Grants, totaling €254,172, were awarded as part of Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors, the first-ever national outdoor leisure strategy.

Developed in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe, the program aims to strengthen and support outdoor facilities ranging from forests and mountain trails to rivers, greenways and beaches.

The River Erkina development will consist of a floating pontoon and access at Castle Durrow Demesne, a footbridge on the River Goul at its confluence with the River Erkina, a car park and access at The Woodenbridge and access steps at Boston Bridge.

The Derryounce grant allows for the provision of a link to the Derryounce trail from both Laois and Offaly.

Confirming the funding, Minister of State Seán Fleming said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in these projects on their successful applications, which will be of great benefit to everyone in our local community and to those visiting Laois.