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Over €700,000 for outdoor recreation projects in Cavan

Over €700,000 for outdoor recreation projects in Cavan

Cavan County Council has secured €715,539 in funding for capital projects in the county under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2018, awarded through the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Published on: 08 Jan 2019

Four Cavan projects were successful under measure two of the scheme and this latest round of funding follows the €603,000 leveraged under measures one and three of the ORIS scheme, announced in late 2018.

The four successful projects are as follows:

  • Upgrade and extension of walking trails at Dun a Ri Forest Park and link to Kingscourt town (€144,329)
  • Development of walking and cycling trails at Killykeen Forest Park, Cavan (€177,153)
  • Development of Cavan Town Railway Greenway (€200,000)
  • Development of walking trail link to Golden Mile, Mullagh (€194,057)

These projects will further strategic objectives outlined in documents including the Cavan Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), the Cavan Tourism Development Plan, Health Cavan, the Cavan Sports Partnership Strategy, and the Cavan Walking and Cycling Strategy, which includes a trail upgrade programme for the county among its objectives.

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan, welcomed the result of this latest successful funding application, noting “Cavan County Council has invested significant energy and resources in developing strategic plans to map out the sustainable development of our tourism and community infrastructure in recent years to ensure we are well-positioned to access available funds, and we are now reaping the rewards of these efforts.

“These projects will add significantly to the Cavan Tourism offering while also providing a wonderful resource for the enjoyment of the people of the county,” said Mr Ryan.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Madeleine Argue also welcomed the funding, commenting, “These projects will enhance the quality of life for our citizens and make Cavan an even more attractive county to visit, and I applaud the efforts of all who have contributed towards securing these funds.”