Waterford Greenway Opens To Boost South-East Tourism
Ireland's longest greenway officially opened in Waterford over the weekend, with thousands attending festivities to mark the launch of €15 million project.
Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland, runs 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western Railway line.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the old Kilmacthomas Station House, the halfway point on the trail, while events took place at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus, the Dungarvan Causeway and Kilmacthomas village.
Speaking at Kilmacthomas, Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse said: "The Greenway is a wonderful asset for the South East. The trail will be an invaluable tourism draw for the region, where visitors, either on foot or by bike, can take in spectacular views, from the Comeragh mountains to the Copper Coast."
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD added: "This world class amenity will provide a boost to the local economy, along with offering leisure, health, transportation and environmental benefits. A shining example for future projects of its kind across the country, the Waterford Greenway highlights Ireland’s focus on promoting sustainable tourism."