€784,524 announced in funding by Minister Humphreys to develop outdoor adventure projects in County Cavan

€784,524 announced in funding by Minister Humphreys to develop outdoor adventure projects in County Cavan

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €15.5 million in funding for 84 outdoor adventure projects nationally with €784,524 going to projects throughout Cavan.

Published on: 29 Nov 2021

The investment – a key part of Our Rural Future ­– will support rural economies and make Rural Ireland a more attractive destination for adventure tourism.

The projects chosen for investment include walking and cycling trails, cliffways, beaches, lakes, rivers, bogs, greenways, blueways and bridleways.

Today’s announcement brings the total investment announced this year under the scheme this to almost €35 million.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “The 84 projects that we are investing in today will benefit people of all ages and abilities for generations to come. This unprecedented investment will also help further our ambition to support our rural economies and make Rural Ireland a destination of choice for adventure tourism.”

Through this Fund, we are developing and enhancing the fantastic natural amenities in our rural communities so more and more people can access and enjoy them. These projects, when complete, will make Rural Ireland an even better place to live, work, visit and raise a family.

The breakdown of funds announced for Cavan by the Minister is as follows:


Project Name

Description Of Project


Funding Awarded

Project Development

Crover Lakeshore Development

To engage a landscape architect design team to develop a vision for this scenic lakeside site

Crover Lakeshore, Lough Sheelin, Mountnugent


Measure 2

Castle Lake Demesne Enhancements

To improve access, parking, trails facilities and overall visitor experience at castle lake forest

Castle Forest Lake Bailieborough


Measure 2

Ballyhaise River & Forest Trail

Development of 6km looped trail, from historic Ballyhaise House along the river Annalee past Oakwood Forest and through the village of Ballyhaise

Drumcrow, Ballyhaise


Measure 3

Dún a Rí Forest Park

Enhancement of off road access from Kingscourt to Dún a Rí Forest Park and the development of a natural woodland play area in the park

Dún a Rí Forest Park, Kingscourt


Total funding






Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly said “I welcome this significant investment for outdoor projects in County Cavan by Minister Humphreys and her Department. These worthy projects in Kingscourt, Montnugent, Bailieborough and Ballyhaise will enhance the quality of life for the local communities as well as boosting tourism in the area.”

Welcoming the funding Chief Executive of Cavan County Council Mr Tommy Ryan said “I welcome the news that Minister Humphreys and her Department will be supporting these deserving projects throughout Cavan. I would like to thank the dedicated staff in the Community, Enterprise and Toursim Department in Cavan County Council, our elected members and the local communities for their efforts in bring these applications to fruition.”

Director of Services Mr Brendan Jennings said “Over the past two years we have all found a new appreciation for the outdoors and this funding will enhance both existing and new outdoor facilities in Ballyhaise, Bailieborough, Kingscourt and Mountnugent. Today's announcement is testament not only to the dedication of all those involved in the application, but to the commitment shown by Minister Humphreys and her Department to supporting projects in Cavan.”