Over a quarter of a million euro has been allocated to Shannonside counties in Outdoor Recreation Funding.
The announcement was made today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, and will provide funding for the development of new projects in counties across rural Ireland.
In Outdoor Recreation Funding announced today, sixty thousand euro has been secured for Co. Roscommon, while Longford and Leitrim are both set to receive almost a hundred thousand euro each.
It will provide funding for the development of new projects in the counties, as well as the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure across rural Ireland.
Almost fifteen thousand euro worth of funding in Roscommon will go towards the extension of footpaths at Castlerea Demesne, while over twelve thousand euro will help upgrade trails in Mote Park.
Knockranny Wood in Keadue will benefit from the biggest chunk of funding in the county with twenty thousand euro going towards the development of a walking trail.
Meanwhile, over thirteen thousand will be provided for the development of the National Famine Way.
Longford is to benefit from ninety eight thousand nine hundred and ninety seven euro for five projects, including a surface upgrade at Newcastle Woods Walk, maintenance and upgrade of the existing trail along the Royal Canal Greenway, surface upgrade and repair of 2.2km of the Mall Walk in Longford Town, repair of the mill races around Mosstown Mill, and the development of a 1.1km looped walk in Ballinalee Forest.
As for Leitrim, forty thousand euro will be split evenly between Glencar Waterfall for boundary fencing and lake access car park, and the Arroo Trail for an extension and resurfacing works of the car park, as well as signage and improved toilet facilities.
Fishing points and seating areas will be installed at Keeldra Lake with the allocation of almost twenty thousand euro, and Leitrim Walks is to use fifteen thousand euro to develop a Guide to Walks booklet to promote walking and training for walking clubs.
Millrace River in Drumshanbo will use the twenty thousand euro in funding for upgrades to the river bank walkway, as well as fencing and landscaping.
The news has been welcomed by Senator Maura Hopkins, Senator Frank Feighan, TD Denis Naughten and Cllr Michael Carrigy.
In total, 1.8 million euro has been allocated to 109 projects nationwide.]