Templemore among 78 outdoor recreation projects to share €11m investment

Templemore was among 78 outdoor recreation projects which are to share an €11 million investment in greenways, blueways and walking trails around the country.

Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring TD announced the allocations as part of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
The scheme is designed to support a mix of medium scale new developments and the repair and upgrade of many existing recreational trails in rural areas. Up to €200,000 was available for each project.

The full €200,000 allocation approved for three projects in Co Tipperary: the improvement of access to Templemore Town Park, the development of a riverside walking trail on the banks of the River Ara, and the development of a pedestrian walkway in Cashel.

Mr Ring said that the importance of recreational tourism is growing in Ireland.

“Figures available from Fáilte Ireland reveal that in 2017, 26% of all overseas tourists engaged in some level of hiking or cross-country walking.
“This equates to 2.3 million tourists, spending an estimated €1.3 billion during their stay in Ireland. A further 451,000 overseas tourists took part in cycling activities,”.

“Local communities are also using these trails in large numbers. A survey of users on the Waterford Greenway, Ireland’s longest off-road cycling and walking trail, shows that almost two-thirds of users are local people.”

This latest round of funding follows an earlier allocation of €10 million which was shared among 150 projects in 2018.

Of the €11 million allocated in the latest tranche, €3 million was provided by Fáilte Ireland.

Orla Carroll, Director of Strategic Development with Fáilte Ireland, said: “We will continue to work positively in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development to deliver quality visitor experiences and to enhance and further develop our recreational tourism offering and the additional social benefits they bring to local communities.”

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