Almost €800,000 has been allocated for outdoor recreation projects in Ballintubber/Ballymoe, Arigna and Ballyleague under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastruction Scheme announced by Minister Heather Humphreys recently.
The Ballintubber/Ballymoe Waterway and Looped Cycle Project will receive €179,730, Destination Ballyleague is set to benefit from €200,000, and the Arigna Energy Inclusive Discovery Park and Miners Trail has been allocated €500,000.
The Ballintubber/Ballymoe project will see the development of cycling and kayaking facilities along the River Suck while Ballyleague will see the improvement of amenities on the River Shannon. The Arigna park and trail will include a panoramic viewing platform, an activity area, and an energy and biodiversity trail.
A number of local public representatives welcomed the announcement this week with local TD Denis Naughten describing the announcement as “part of the bigger jigsaw of developing a range of tourism activities throughout the Hidden Heartlands region”.
Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said it was a “great boost” for the local rural economy particularly for the growth of adventure tourism.
Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said the projects were the result of the vision of community groups working together with Rural Recreation Officers and the local authority. She said the funding would support local towns and villages in bringing tourism, business and footfall to their areas.
Fine Gael Minister of State Frank Feighan, meanwhile, said the funding for the Arigna Energy Inclusive Discovery Park and Miners Trail would compliment the success of the Mining Experience and “build the visitor experience for tourists to the region”.