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Five amenities in Louth to benefit from €78,900 in funding

Five amenities in Louth to benefit from €78,900 in funding

Five amenities in Co Louth are set to benefit from funding of €78,900 under the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The biggest winners were the Greenore-Carlingford Greenway which is to receive €20,000 for the installation and upgrading of information and map panels to improve and promote the existing route.

A further €20,000 has also been allocated to existing trails around Louth. This will go towards repairs, drainage, fencing and the installation of signage maps.

A further €19,200 will go towards Stephenstown Pond for the repair and upgrade of a walkway at the Knockbridge facility.

Meanwhile, €13,300 will go towards the upgrade of the walking part at the Dromiskin Heritage Trail.

Finally, €6,400 has been allocated for the provision of signage and information boards at the Riverside Walk in Ardee.

News of the funding has been welcomed by local Fine Gael Councillor John McGahon, who said the upgrades would benefit local communities.

“There is no doubting the importance of these projects for the wellbeing and quality of life of local residents,” said Cllr McGahon.

“As a nation, we have embraced the great outdoors in growing numbers and I am pleased that Fine Gael in Government is playing a central role in facilitating the development of this important sector.

“The funding awarded today will support small-scale local projects for investment in outdoor recreation facilities and the promotion of existing recreation infrastructure and I know this will make a big difference to local people.

“Our investment in outdoor recreation facilities and infrastructure also pays a significant economic dividend.

“Thousands of tourists make walking, hiking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits an important part of their stay in Ireland. Last year alone, almost 2.7 million overseas visitors engaged in some form of cross country walking or hiking, while over half a million visitors incorporated cycling into their stay.

“In addition, one in four of us included walking or hiking as part of our domestic holidays last year,” Cllr. McGahon said.