€150,000 funding for rural recreation projects announced

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GALWAY will receive over €150,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development for rural recreation projects across the county.

The funding was announced by Galway Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne.

The allocation, from the Department’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, includes €80,000 to extend and improve the trail at Knockma Hill, between Belclare and Caherlistrane.

It also includes €73,150 for a recreational facility at Shéanadh Mhacha, north-west of Oughterard near Lough Corrib.

Sean Kyne said that the the improvement and establishment of outdoor recreation facilities is important to visitors and locals alike with tourism, economic and health-related benefits.

“The projects being funded are included in the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme administered by my colleague at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Minister Michael Ring TD,” the Galway West TD said.

“Part of the Government’s ‘Realising Our Rural Potential: Action Plan for Rural Ireland, the Scheme focuses on supporting outdoor recreational infrastructure including walking trails, cycleways and blueways and in turn boosts local tourism and the local economy.

“I look forward to the improvements that this funding allocation will bring for Galway as well as the launch of other schemes from my department to support communities across the country in 2018,” the Fine Gael TD added.