€617,310 for rural recreation projects will boost tourism in Cavan

I very much welcome the allocation of €617,310 for rural recreation projects in Cavan.


“Cavan has been allocated €617,310 for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in Cavan and in the surrounding region.


“This funding is part of €11 million in funding for over 200 projects nationally under the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, announced by my colleague Michael Ring, T.D Minister for Rural and Community Development.


“The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to maintain and improve our outdoor recreational infrastructure including for example our greenways, blueways and walking trails.


“Cavan projects receiving grants include Kilnaleck Trail, Kilnaleck €10,000 and Lavey Lake Trail €10,000 under Measure 1 and Ballyconnell to Bellaheady walking and cycling trail Partners with Waterways Ireland to receive €597,310 under Measure 3.


“Recreational tourism is growing year on year and so it is crucial we continue to improve facilities and encourage more visitors. Figures from Fáilte Ireland show that the hiking and cycling tourism markets are worth approximately €1.2 billion to the Irish economy.


“Aside from the obvious tourism benefits, it’s also hugely important that we maintain and develop our outdoor infrastructure to encourage everyone to keep fit and live a healthy active lifestyle.


“Eighty per cent of each project is funded by the Government grant, with Cavan County Council making up the difference.


“Minister Ring has confirmed to me that he expects to make further announcements under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the autumn.”




Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website