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Limerick Greenway to receive extension following increase in visitors



Limerick Greenway extension – works are due to commence on the Greenway in the coming weeks.

A 10.5km extension on the Greenway from Abbeyfeale to Listowel is in the works

By I Love Limerick correspondent by Stella Gordon

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There are currently six entry points on the Limerick Greenway.

Plans are being made for an extension of the renowned Limerick Greenway following a huge influx of visitors to the tourist attraction. The €10 million Limerick Greenway opened in July 2021 and has since seen over 830,000 visitors. The 40km path takes in the surroundings of the countryside, towns, and villages on the old Limerick to Kerry railway line. The Greenway can be accessed through several entry points, starting in Rathkeale, on to Ardagh, Newcastle West, Barnagh, Templeglantine, and finishing in Abbeyfeale.



Cllr Francis Foley, Mayor of Limerick City and County, revealed that use of the Greenway increased by 52% in the last year. Cllr Foley said, “We are hugely proud of this recreational amenity in West Limerick. Limerick Greenway is a great draw for local, national, and overseas visitors and I am delighted to see this increase in visits by walkers, runners, cyclists, and those of all abilities. I am also pleased that planned upgrades are in progress which promise to enhance Limerick Greenway.”

The Limerick Greenway is set to receive a 10.5km extension from Abbeyfeale to Listowel. Works are due to commence on this in the coming weeks.

Limerick City and County Council have launched plans for a Greenway Hub in Newcastle West, to open in early 2023. The plans include space for temporary bike hire facilities, car parking spaces, universal access parking, electric vehicle charging points, coach and minibus parking facilities, and additional public realm elements including benches, bins, bike stands, and a bike repair station.

The old Railway Goods Shed in Rathkeale and the Ardagh Station House are set to be renovated to supply services and create a Hub for users of the Greenway.

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