€340,000 secured for Cavan outdoor recreational amenities

€340,000 secured for Cavan outdoor recreational amenities

Projects will support enhanced interest in outdoor pursuits post COVID. Funding made in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.

Published on: 04 Mar 2021

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced over €6.5 million in funding for 38 projects under Measure 2 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, with €340,000 to be allocated to two Cavan projects.

The scheme provides funding for the development, promotion and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways, and blueways. The funding announced today will benefit 38 medium-sized projects, with funding of up to €200,000 each (Measure 2 projects).

This investment is in addition to €3.2 million approved for 174 smaller Measure 1 projects in January and is being funded in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.

The projects funded in Cavan are as follows:

Cavan Cavan Way
Upgrades & Rerouting, Swanlinbar
To re-route a 2.5km section near the Shannon Pot, of the Cavan Way (26km) national way-marked trail. Section of Beara Breifne Way and part of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark Blacklion and Dowra €139,596.00
Cavan Dromore Greenway, Cootehill The project is the first phase of delivering a looped greenway through existing off road laneways within the rural countryside adjoining Cootehill town Cootehill €200,000.00


Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said “The value we place on our outdoor amenities, and the contribution which they make to our physical and mental wellbeing, has never been more appreciated than during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We can also expect our outdoor recreation facilities to play an important part in supporting Ireland’s social and economic recovery as restrictions on movements are relaxed and the tourism sector re-opens.

“That’s why I’m delighted to support the continued development and enhancement of our outdoor recreation infrastructure through this €6.5 million investment. In total, 38 projects across the country will benefit. This brings the total investment this year alone under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme to €9.7 million. These facilities will make such a difference to communities and will also have a hugely positive impact on tourism.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said “The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme plays a significant role in developing and maintaining key outdoor assets throughout Ireland that are utilised by locals and visitors alike. The allocation of over €6.5 million in funding for 38 projects across 21 counties today will be hugely impactful.

Successful delivery of these projects will encourage activities-based outdoor recreation and tourism in communities throughout the country.  This will play a key role in developing environmentally sustainable tourism and allowing people to experience more closely the unique natural heritage of our country.”

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Sarah O'Reilly welcomed the news, heralding "a significant investment in the County's recreational facilities."

"These projects will encourage more local people to take advantage of our stunning scenery both in East Cavan and the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark in the west of the county and, when it is safe to do so, will attract further visitors to the county, helping to boost the local economy. Congratulations to all involved in bringing these applications to fruition," said Cllr O'Reilly.

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan said "Following on from the €78,000 allocation under measure one of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, and €700,000 awarded under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, today's announcement represents an investment of over €1,000,000 in County Cavan this year by the Department of Rural and Community Development."

"This funding for projects in Dromore and Swanlinbar will advance strategic objectives outlined in our Walking and Cycling Strategy for County Cavan, which provides a pathway for active communities and sustainable tourism," added Mr Ryan.