Funding announced for thirteen outdoor adventure projects in Galway

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Thirteen outdoor adventure projects in Co. Galway will receive €393,040 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS).

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys announced a total of €6 million today to develop 200 outdoor projects across rural Ireland.

The Government says the investment will be key to enhancing outdoor amenities such as walkways, cycleways, rivers, lakes and beaches.

East Galway Eco Park in Ballintober, Kilconnell will receive €50,000 under the scheme and Portumna Outdoor Recreation Park (PDM) has been allocated €49,950.

The funding is designed to provide a major boost to local economies by attracting visitors and furthering our reputation as a destination for adventure tourism.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “We’re at the height of the summer and whatever the weather I know families are getting out and enjoying Ireland’s great outdoors.

“The funding I’m announcing today will support the further development of our greenways, blueways and hiking trails making them even more enjoyable places for families to visit.

“Every county will benefit from today’s announcement so if you’re a walker, a swimmer, a cyclist or even a fisherman – check out the list to see what’s happening in your county.”

“Getting active in the fresh air outdoors can be a tonic for the body and soul and this was brought home to us all during the pandemic,” added Minister Humphreys.

“Some of these amenities are often hidden gems on our doorsteps so I’m encouraging people to get out and discover them over the rest of the Summer.”