After receiving €8,000 in funding through the National Lottery Health and Wellbeing fund, the Suck Valley Way Committee secured 13 new kayaks, including eleven single and two double along with state-of-the-art safety equipment to be used by visitors to the amenity.
Local Independent councillor and Chairperson of the Suck Valley Way Committee, Anthony Waldron, said it was exciting news for the region.
“The equipment has been registered with Canoe Ireland and this weekend six people will take part in an intensive training course.
“The new kayaks will offer visitors to the area the opportunity to navigate the River Suck from Ballintubber as far as the Offaly border. This is good news for the development of the Suck Valley Way and also for towns and villages located along the river,” he said.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that a new event, The Suck Valley Way Cycle, will be launched on Sunday, August 22nd from 9.30 am.
The cycle will take place from Cloonfad to Ballygare (approximately 65kms) with funds going towards two local charities, Mayo Roscommon Hospice and Jacinta’s Smile.
Cycling clubs and individual cyclists are invited to register by contacting Anthony Waldron, Chairman of the Suck Valley Way Cycle Committee on 086-7866774. Registration costs €25.
Cllr. Anthony Waldron said the cycle is planned to be an annual event and that participants would find the route both challenging and enjoyable.
CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice, Martina Jennings said: “Events like these have been incredibly important in helping us fund vital services in the community. It is fitting also that this event is in its initiation as we near the completion of our 8-bed specialist palliative care Roscommon Hospice”.
Katie-Anne O’Toole of Jacinta’s Smile, the children’s bereavement charity, said those involved with the local cause were “thrilled to be one of the beneficiaries”.