The Ballintubber Waterways Project has received a funding boost of €7,995 from the Community Healthcare West National Lottery Fund which will go towards the development of an inlet and facilities on the River Suck near Ballintubber.
Local councillor Anthony Waldron said a further €51,000 is needed for the project.
“We are delighted to receive this funding of €7,995 from the HSE National Lottery Fund which will go towards the Ballintubber Waterways Project for the purchase of canoes and kayaks.
“Planning permission has been sought for the development of an inlet at Shankoagh (near Frenchlawn on the River Suck). The project will cost in the region of €51,000 and it is hoped that further funding can be secured through Roscommon County Council’s Outdoor Recreation Fund.
“This, I feel, will assist us to provide the equipment and facilities to enable visitors to sample the perfect medicine and take to the waters and wild along the magical River Suck, meandering along the townlands of Roscommon and Galway borders.
“In these current times this development will offer a safe social distancing exercise experience option which can offer holistic health benefits for both physical and mental health.
“Andrew and Mary Treacy have kindly donated land in the area known as Shankoagh. The Treacys are synonymous with music and so ‘Treacys’ Musical Bridge’ will be constructed near their former home,” he said.
The Ballintubber project will include car parking spaces as well as stands for disabled fishing and other amenities.
“There is huge potential for the development of walks and cycleways along the River Suck. This project isn’t just for the benefit of Ballintubber but for the entire region. We have received letters of support from Cloonfad to Athleague and the overall plan is to develop 133km of the River Suck Way from Ballinlough to the Shannon,” Cllr. Waldron said.
Dr. Niall Brady, Project Director of the ‘Castles in Communities’ project, which attracts students from the United States to Ballintubber each summer, also welcomed the announcement. He said the funding was “the culmination of a lot of hard but enjoyable work at the local level to open up the possibilities of using the Suck Valley for kayaks, water-related activities and for walking”.
He added that that those involved in the ‘Castles in Communities’ project had “had a useful experience in helping with this endeavour” and looked forward to returning to the village next year to continue the good work.