Almost €100,000 secured for outdoor activities in Cavan

Almost €100,000 secured for outdoor activities in Cavan

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €3.5 million in funding to support 189 outdoor projects across the country, including five projects in County Cavan.

Published on: 22 Oct 2021

The funding, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will further enhance our unique natural amenities and support Rural Ireland as a destination for adventure tourism.

The scheme is designed to support the enhancement of dozens of recreational amenities such as our mountain trails, forest walks, beaches, rivers, lakes, blueways, and greenways.

Projects across every county have been chosen for investment of up to €20,000 under Measure 1 of the scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.

The Cavan projects being funded today are:

Killeshandra Camino Calling

Enhancement of the Killeshandra Camino with the installation of way-markers, seating, interpretive displays and signage and the production of maps and map board.



County Cavan Trails Promotion

Promotion and marketing of the range of outdoor recreation opportunities available in County Cavan.



Killykeen Greenway Phase II Route Options Assessment

To undertake a route options assessment and preliminary design for Phase II of the Killykeen Greenway Cycle Route at Killeshandra.



Lough an Leagh

Upgrading of amenity area, meeting and information point and picnic area.

Mohercrom, Kingscourt, County Cavan


Wayfinding & Countryside Access Signage Strategy

To engage a tourism design team to research, design and produce a Wayfinding and Countryside Access Signage Plan for County Cavan




Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:

“We are now seeing an unprecedented level of investment in our outdoor amenities, underpinned by the most ambitious Government policy for Rural Ireland, ‘Our Rural Future’. The funding that I am announcing today will further develop and improve outdoor projects in rural communities across the country.

“We will carry out upgrades to our mountain trails and forest walks so that we can further unlock the beauty of our rural countryside, and under this fund, we will continue to develop our greenways, cycleways and blueways.

“COVID-19 has given us a newfound appreciation for our great outdoors. That’s why I’m delighted that we can support so many fantastic projects under this funding.”

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly has hailed the announcement, saying “This is a welcome investment in County Cavan, with projects from Kingscourt to Killeshandra supported, as well as strategic plans and marketing toolkits which will help us to develop our outdoor environment for years to come, to the benefit of locals and visitors alike. I applaud all who have worked to bring these applications to fruition.”

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan said “Cavan County Council, working in tandem with local communities and partner agencies, has had great success in leveraging funding to improve outdoor recreation facilities which complement our considerable natural resources. I want to thank Minister Humphreys and her Department for their continued support of Cavan and their recognition of the quality of proposals being put forward in the county.”

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said:

“I am pleased to welcome today’s significant announcement that will help change the landscape of Ireland by creating improved and upgraded outdoor trails for recreation purposes.

“This is the fourth year Fáilte Ireland has invested in the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development.

“The ORIS Measure 1 funding will provide invaluable support for the maintenance and upgrade of existing walking routes, cycling routes greenways, blueways and mountain access routes in every county in Ireland.

“Opening the Outdoors is a key priority for FáiIte Ireland and programmes such as this help ensure that domestic and international visitors can experience a world-class, sustainable recreational experience in our beautiful countryside.”

This investment is the first announcement of successful projects under the 2021 Scheme with further announcements expected on Measure 2 (medium-scale), Measure 3 (large-scale) and the Project Development Measure before the end of the year.