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Minister Announces Funding For Walking Trails

By Dave Simpson

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD has announced close to €1 million of funding to support and improve 446 walking trails across Ireland, according to a statement published on Gov.ie.

Details

Under the initiative, grants of €1,000 to €3,000 will be provided to 175 community groups that are responsible for managing the trails throughout rural Ireland, according to the statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that the groups will be able to use the grant to maintain and improve their local trail and promote its use to visitors, and that the list of trails that are eligible to apply for grant funding is available at Gov.ie/en/collection/e0199-list-of-once-off-grant-scheme-for-community-trail-management-organisations/.

Statements By Minister Humphreys

The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister Humphreys that said, "Our walkways, trails and greenways are an integral feature of rural Ireland. They have been a godsend to us all, particularly during COVID-19, in terms of supporting our physical and mental wellbeing. This new initiative that I am announcing today is all about keeping these trails in top condition and supporting their use by both domestic and international visitors. So, it might be a case of using the grant to purchase a strimmer in order to maintain the local trail. Or a community group may decide to build a new website to promote their trail to a wider audience. The grants that I am announcing today range from €1,000 to €3,000 and are being provided to 175 community groups that are tasked with managing the trails in partnership with their local authority, Coillte and Local Development Company."

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Humphreys continued, "I am delighted to announce this funding for community groups today and to continue the unprecedented investment in our outdoor amenities, underpinned by the most ambitious ever policy for rural Ireland, 'Our Rural Future'. A National Outdoor Recreation Strategy is currently being developed by my department in conjunction with Comhairle na Tuaithe. The strategy, which is due to be launched shortly, will provide a long term vision for the growth and development of outdoor recreation in Ireland. This once off grant funding is in keeping with the objectives of the strategy by supporting local stakeholders to maintain and develop outdoor recreation facilities such as these registered walking trails."

Humphreys concluded, "Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the community groups, the landowners and everyone else involved in the development and maintenance of these outdoor recreation facilities for their all hard work and commitment to their community."

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