Rural Ireland Receives €15.5 Million to Develop Outdoor Activities

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development has announced €15.5 million in funding to create 84 new outdoor adventure projects.

Under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), the investment will create 66 natural amenities and support outdoor pursuits including hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling.

Funding is also being provided to further develop 18 outdoor recreational projects which are currently in the early stages.

This announcement brings the total investment announced this year under the scheme to almost €35 million.

The investment aims to support local economies and make rural areas of Ireland more attractive for adventure tourists, as part of the Our Rural Future development policy.

Minister Humphreys said: “The 84 projects that we are investing in today will benefit people of all ages and abilities for generations to come. This unprecedented investment will also help further our ambition to support our rural economies and make Rural Ireland a destination of choice for adventure tourism.”

Slieve League Cliffs

The projects chosen for investment include walking and cycling trails, cliffways, beaches, lakes, rivers, bogs, greenways, blueways and bridleways.

Minister Humphreys made the announcement at the Nobber to Castletown Greenway in Nobber, County Meath today. The Greenway is one of the projects supported by the scheme, receiving €500,000 towards the development of an extra route between Wilkinstown and Castletown.

Some more of the projects benefitting from today’s announcement include:

  • Donegal – Sliabh Liag Cliff Experience – Upgrade works on four sections of the existing mountain trail path: €269,682.
  • Galway – Portumna Blueway, Wayfinding Sculpture Park – Development of a new multi-use €2.4km leisure route and sculpture trail: €499,585.
  • Cork – Beara Breifne Way – Extend the Beara bridle way and walking trail from Urhan to Ardgroom village and complete a loop in Teernahillane between Castletownbere and Allihies: €196,490.
  • Kerry – Tralee Bay Coastal Greenway – Develop a 2.2km extension from Blennerville Village to Cockleshell Road: €500,000.
  • Wicklow – Enhancement of the Greystones to Bray Cliff Walk: €198,000.
Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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