Minister Heather Humphreys has today announced funding of almost €1 million to support and improve some 446 walking trails across the State.
Under the initiative, trails in Co. Galway will get almost €80,000, with grants of €1,000 to €3,000 being provided to community groups responsible for managing the trails.
The groups will be able to use the grant to maintain and improve their local trail and promote its use to visitors.
Minister Humphreys said that our walkways, trails and greenways are an ‘integral feature’ of rural Ireland.
“They have been a godsend to us all, particularly during COVID-19, in terms of supporting our physical and mental wellbeing.
“This new initiative that I am announcing today is all about keeping these trails in top condition and supporting their use by both domestic and international visitors.
“So, it might be a case of using the grant to purchase a strimmer in order to maintain the local trail.
“Or a community group may decide to build a new website to promote their trail to a wider audience.”