By Dan Walsh
Funding of €186,000 has been awarded for outdoor amenities in Co. Wexford. Deputy Paul Kehoe welcomed the news from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys. The funding falls under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS). will be key to enhancing outdoor amenities such as walkways, cycleways, rivers, lakes, and beaches.
Deputy Kehoe said: “This funding will develop 200 outdoor adventure projects across rural Ireland will attract visitors to mountain trails, forest walks, rivers, lakes and beaches.
“It will also provide a major boost to local economies by attracting visitors and furthering our reputation in Wexford as a destination for adventure tourism. Almost €4.3 million will be used to improve some 163 outdoor amenities across the country. Each project will receive up to €30,000 to support their enhancement.
- €49,500: Extension to the Enniscorthy Riverside Walk.
- €26,500: Relocation of a section of the Forge Trail, Carrickburn to improve safety.
- €30,000: Resurfacing of the Oldbawn Carpark, Cahore Point.
- €30,000: Upgrading the River Slaney banks trail and rerouting link to Blackstoops Road.
- €20,250: Upgrading trails in Curragh, Kilaneran, Newtown and Annagh.
- €30,000: Installing a range of seating types on the easy graded trails through Wexford.
“Outdoor activities in Wexford play a key role in communities and we have seen this throughout the recent pandemic. Recreation tourism is growing internationally and has the potential to have major economic spin-off benefits for our rural towns and villages,” said Deputy Kehoe.
Minister Humphreys added: “Every county will benefit from today’s announcement so if you’re a walker, a swimmer, a cyclist or even a fisherman – check out the list to see what’s happening in your county.
“Some of these amenities are often hidden gems on our doorsteps so I’m encouraging people to get out and discover them over the rest of the summer”, Minister Humphreys concluded.