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Limerick Greenway Funding - Over €420,000 has been promised by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Limerick Greenway Funding - Over €420,000 has been promised by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

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Limerick Greenway Funding of over €420,000 for outdoor developments

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Limerick Greenway funding of over €420,000 has been promised by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Limerick Greenway Funding of over €420,000 for outdoor developments

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Dylan Frawley

MORE than €420,000 in funding has been announced for development works on the Limerick Greenway between Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale.

The Limerick Greenway is a 40km walking and cycling off-road route running along the old railway line connecting Rathkeale, Newcastle West, and Abbeyfeale.

Ireland’s rolling green landscape, much of it untouched by development, makes it an ideal location for walking, cycling, or hiking for the enthusiast and casual walkers, cyclers, or hikers alike.

Traversing the Greenway is a spectacular journey through time, heritage, and nature, allowing the visitor to learn more about the people and environment of one of Ireland’s hidden jewels, West Limerick. Along this route, close to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, you will find Norman castles, abbeys, medieval ruins, old railway stations, a viaduct, the Branagh Tunnel, and breath-taking scenery!

Limerick City and County Council’s vision for the Limerick Greenway is to create a shared-use trail linking three historical urban centres in West Limerick to promote Limerick as a destination and place of opportunity, beauty, and healthy living.

 

The project will share more than €6m in funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Minister Heather Humphreys said, “I know how important our outdoor amenities have been to everyone during Covid-19. That’s why one of my main priorities as Minister will continue to be investing in the great outdoors”.

Mayor Michael Collins commented, “The upgrade to the Limerick Greenway is great news for Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West, Rathkeale and surrounding areas. This investment will help make a significant contribution to supporting healthy, active lifestyles in the area while also building upon the economic and tourism potential”.

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan added, “I am thrilled to be able to announce this. This is fantastic news for the Limerick Greenway. Over the last number of years, I have announced literally millions of euro in funding for this amenity, and we have seen the benefit of it, particularly now during the recent lockdown. The investment that we are making now is part of continuing to improve it for locals and visitors alike.”

He concluded, “As a Government, we have made big investments into our area through the Council and local voluntary groups, sporting organisations and clubs. I am committed to getting more good news like this for other parts of Limerick so that the greatest number of people can enjoy our outdoor spaces and what Limerick has to offer our locals and visitors alike.”

 

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