€81,200 secured for outdoor recreation projects in Cavan

€81,200 secured for outdoor recreation projects in Cavan

Cavan County Council has leveraged over €80,000 for recreation projects in the county under Measure One of the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

Published on: 29 Nov 2019

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD made the announcement today, with five projects in County Cavan among the 109 projects funded nationally.

The scheme is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration and Development programme and provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways and Blueways.

The funding will support small-scale local projects with funding of up to €20,000 for investment in outdoor recreation facilities and the promotion of existing recreation infrastructure.

The projects funded locally are as follows:

  • Development of a 3km trail to link Bawnboy village to the Bawnboy Loop, including an information panel at trail head, signage, and provision of a footpath. Funding received: €15,920.
  • Enhancement of the 'Nuns’ Walk' trail at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, including signage and interpretative infrastructure to enrich the trail experience. Funding received: €12,800.
  • Essential maintenance and repair work to walking trails in the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Funding received: €20,000.
  • Maintenance and trail enhancement work on the 5km Hawkswood Trail, Swanlinbar, including an information panel at trail head, car park improvement, and signage. Funding received:  €16,160.
  • Development of a new 12.5km walking trail from Furnaceland to Aghnacally, Swanlinbar, including an information panel at trail head and signage. Funding received: €16,320.

Making the announcement today, Minister Ring said “I am delighted to announce funding today of €1.8 million for 109 projects spread across rural Ireland. This funding will make a huge difference to the ongoing maintenance and development of the outdoor recreation facilities that are being supported. Projects approved under this measure include the upgrade of surfaces on walking trails, improvements to route signage, improved facilities at trail access points, the development of promotional materials, and the provision of beach access.

“There is no doubting the importance of these projects for the wellbeing and quality of life of local residents. As a nation, we have embraced the great outdoors in growing numbers, and I am pleased that my Department is playing a central role in facilitating the development of this important sector.”

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Shane P O’Reilly expressed his gratitude to all the communities and council staff, who have contributed to these applications. “A great deal of work goes into these applications, and I applaud all those whose efforts will enhance their localities and provide vital recreational infrastructure for Cavan communities”.

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council Tommy Ryan said “the expansion, development, and maintenance of County Cavan’s trail infrastructure are key objectives of the ‘Walking and Cycling Strategy for County Cavan, which provides a pathway for active communities and sustainable tourism. This latest round of funding for five worthy projects across the county will enable Cavan Council to continue to deliver on these objectives.”

Director of Services for Planning, Community & Economic Development, Mr Brendan Jennings, hailed the positive impact of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in County Cavan since its introduction in 2016.

“County Cavan has benefitted to the tune of €2.2 million from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme over the past four years, with a further €400,000 matched by Cavan County Council, and through the collaboration of various project partners and the Department of Rural and Community Development, we have been able to significantly improve the recreational infrastructure of the county. I welcome this latest funding announcement and look forward to continuing the great progress achieved to date”.