Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD has announced funding of close to €6 million to develop 200 outdoor adventure projects across rural Ireland, according to a statement published on Gov.ie.
The investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will be key to enhancing outdoor amenities such as walkways, cycleways, rivers, lakes and beaches, according to the statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that close to €4.3 million will be used to improve 163 outdoor amenities across Ireland; each project will receive up to €30,000; and funding will also be invested in 37 outdoor projects that are currently in the early stage of development, with these projects to receive funding of up to €50,000.
Statement By Minister Humphreys
The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister Humphreys that said, "We're at the height of the summer and whatever the weather I know families are getting out and enjoying Ireland's great outdoors. The funding I’m announcing today will support the further development of our greenways, blueways and hiking trails making them even more enjoyable places for families to visit. Every county will benefit from today's announcement so if you're a walker, a swimmer, a cyclist or even a fisherman - check out the list to see what's happening in your county. Getting active in the fresh air outdoors can be a tonic for the body and soul and this was brought home to us all during the pandemic. Some of these amenities are often hidden gems on our doorsteps so I'm encouraging people to get out and discover them over the rest of the summer."