Over €150,000 has been allocated for Galway under my Department’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The allocation includes €80,000 to extend and improve the trail at Knockma Hill, between Belclare and Caherlistrane, and €73,150 for a recreational facility at Shéanadh Mhacha, Leitir Mucú, Connemara.
The improvement and establishment of outdoor recreation facilities is important to visitors and locals alike with tourism, economic and health-related benefits. The projects being funded are included in the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme administered by my colleague at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Minister Michael Ring TD.
Part of the Government’s ‘Realising Our Rural Potential: Action Plan for Rural Ireland, the Scheme focuses on supporting outdoor recreational infrastructure including walking trails, cycleways and blueways and in turn boosts local tourism and the local economy.
I look forward to the improvements that this funding allocation will bring for Galway as well as the launch of other schemes from my department to support communities across the country in 2018.