Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has said that €73,267 is to be provided to seven community groups across Roscommon and Galway under the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme 2018. “In Roscommon, €20,315 is to be provided to Gorthaganny Community Development Ltd for interpretative facilities at the community centre and local road improvement works; Kilteevan Tidy Towns is to receive €17,000 for upgrades to the Cloonlarge Loop Walk; €2,000 is to be provided for a hydrological assessment of Mount Allen Bog; €4,952 is to be provided for road improvement works at Clooncraff Bog.
“In Galway, €15,000 is to be provided for educational facilities for Carronagappul; €12,500 is to be provided to Glenamaddy Tidy Towns for a feasibility study for looped walks and trails; Ballygar Tidy Towns is to be allocated €1,500 for an information campaign”.
Minister Denis Naughten said the funding would promote tourism and recreation on local bogs.
“The funding will support the work of the Community Wetlands Forum, through the development of walking trails and looped walks, visitor information, bog restoration and local amenity improvements.
“This initiative, funded by Minister Josepha Madigan’s Department, complements the model developed over the last number of years by the Ballydangan Bog Red Grouse Project in South Roscommon which brings turf cutters in the local community and the State agencies together”.