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Funding for outdoor fun

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 9:05am

Forget about that holiday at a lake resort in Wisconsin – Cork could soon be known as The Great Outdoors!

Towns and villages across Cork are to benefit from more than €1 million funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland – under the government’s 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

Making the announcement on Monday, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD said that €11.4 million will be given to 219 projects across the country.

He added: “The projects which I am approving today range from innovative mountain bike trails in Offaly and Sligo, to two iconic Way-Marked Ways in Cork and Mayo.” Local authorities, state agencies and communities have spent significant time and effort developing the project proposals over the past number of months.

Minister Ring also said that he hopes to make further announcements under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the autumn.Cork South-Central TD Minister Simon Coveney described the announcement as “exciting and significant."

He added: “I am particularly excited about the investment of €1 million in the Cork Harbour Greenway Extension, as well as a number of small funding announcements for Glanmire, Blarney, Youghal, Whitegate, Bandon, Macroom, Mallow, Carrignavar, Carrigtwohill and Avondhu.“This announcement represents funding under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development that totals €1,109,520 for Cork.”Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, David Stanton, said: “Recreational tourism is growing year on year and so it is crucial we continue to improve facilities and encourage more visitors“Aside from the obvious tourism benefits, this funding will also improve outdoor recreational amenities for local people and encourage a healthy active lifestyle. I understand that further funding may be made available under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in autumn,” concluded Minister Stanton.

In East Cork, Whitegate Trails will receive €10,000 as will Harper’s Island in Glounthaune and Claycastle Beach in Youghal. Carrigtwohill Community Park project was awarded €5,000.Allocations in the north Cork area include a total of €9,520 to trail and loop upgrades and projects in Killavullen, Kilworth and Blackwater Way, as well as a €10,000 to a project in Mallow.

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provides funding under three separate measures. Measure one is for small maintenance/promotion of existing infrastructure with a maximum grant of €10,000. Measure two is for medium scale repair/upgrade and development of new small/medium infrastructure with a maximum grant of €100,000.Measure three is for repair/upgrade and development of larger more strategic projects, which includes grants of greater than €100,000 and up to €1 million for exceptional projects.

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