Deadline looms for Galway to Athlone Cycleway submissions

Dolan urges public to support Green and Blue

Members of the public are being reminded to make submissions in relation to the route options for the Galway to Athlone Cycleway ahead of the March 1st deadline.

Local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan has voiced her support for two of the five routes which have been circulated by the team in charge of the project.

Both the Blue and Green routes will come close to Ballinasloe and Co. Roscommon, potentially along the River Shannon towards Shannonbridge.

Senator Dolan described the Green Route as “very scenic” and will allow cyclists to travel from Athlone to Galway with highlights along the Grand Canal into Ballinasloe, the Beara Breifne Trail in Killure, the recently restored Clonbrock House and Gardens along with the planned McAllister Whiskey & Gin Distillery in Ahascragh, Mountbellew Forest Trail and other landmarks.

Senator Dolan added that the Blue Route “also gives a fantastic experience to walkers and cyclists coming through Co. Galway via Ballinasloe and onto the historical village of Aughrim and to visit the Franciscan Abbey in Kilconnell and the magnificent Woodlawn House”.

Addressing the concerns of local farmers and landowners, the Fine Gael Senator said: “I understand the concerns regarding the impact of this development. But by working together and by consensus we can be part of a wonderful opportunity for our local community as well as the potential for eco-tourism and start-up businesses.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform our communities by developing safe places to walk and cycle.

“I would like to thank everyone who put in submissions so far and there is still time to have your say. This is your chance to ensure the route comes near where you live, which would have a positive impact on towns such as Mountbellew or Kilconnell for example, if the route is chosen to go near those towns,” she said.