Outside recreation in Waterford to profit from funding increase for strolling trails

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Community groups responsible for managing trails in Waterford will receive between €1,000 and €3,000 under the new funding announced today, Senator John Cummins said.

Senator Cummins welcomed the news from Secretary of State for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, that nearly €1 million in funding will support and improve some 446 trails across the country, including Waterford.

Senator John Cummins said:

“Trail walking is a great activity for families in Waterford to enjoy the great outdoors and explore our hidden gems this summer. These trails also attract visitors to small businesses in our rural towns.

“The community groups that receive the grant in Waterford can use it to maintain, enhance and encourage its use among locals and visitors alike.

“This vital work is done by the groups known as Community Trail Management Organizations.”

The following trails are funded:

  • Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development CLG – Rath Beag Loop – €1,000
  • Dunhill Tourism Trail CLG – Anne Valley Walk – €2,800
  • Comeragh Community Development Group – Crough Wood Walk – €2,800
  • Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development CLG – Lough Mohra Loop – €2,800
  • Friends of Dunmore East Coastal Path: Estuary Coastal Path Trail Management Group – Waterford Estuary Coastal Path – Dunmore East to Ballymacaw – €2,800
  • Community Development Rathgormack North Waterford CLG Glenpatrick – Loop of Glenpatrick Bridge – €2,800
  • Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development CLG – Boolas Loop – €2,800
  • Management Committee of St Declan’s Way – St Declan’s Way – €1,500

“Community Trail Management Organizations are registered with Sport Ireland and work with Waterford Council, Coillte and the Local Development Company (LDC) to maintain their local trails.” Senator Cummins concluded.

Minister Heather Humphreys added:

“This new initiative that I’m announcing today in partnership with Sport Ireland is all about keeping these trails in top condition and encouraging their use by local and international visitors.

“Ireland’s first ever national outdoor recreation strategy is being developed by my department in collaboration with Comhairle na Tuaithe. The strategy, which will be launched shortly, will provide a long-term vision for the growth and development of outdoor recreation in Ireland.

“As the sunshine continues this week I would like to encourage everyone, young and old, to get active and enjoy the wonderful walks that we have across rural Ireland,” concluded Minister Humphreys.

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