• The sod will be turned this afternoon at 2.30pm in Coolaney county Sligo for a new National Mountain Bike Centre.

    809,000 euro in funding for the new development has been secured from the Department of Rural and Community Development , and Minister Michael Ring will attend this afternoon’s occasion to mark the start of work on a project that is expected to be worth more than a million euro annually to the local economy.

    The local community have been working closely with Sligo County Council to develop the idea, and it is expected to attract up to 50,000 cyclists annually. It’s expected that the facility will be open to  the public from next Summer (2019).

    Local Fine Gael councillor Dara Mulvey told Midwest News today that the new facility is all part of the plans to expand the tourism attractions in the Sligo and North West region. 

  • Work has started on the new National Mountain Bike Trail in Coolaney in county Sligo.

    The project has the potential to be one of the biggest tourism projects in Sligo.

    Since 2012 a steering group of Coolaney locals have been working towards establishing a National Mountain Bike Trail Centre.

    Led by the sole landowner, Coillte, the project Steering Group also includes representatives of Sligo County Council, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo LEADER Partnership, the local community and Northwest Mountain Biking Club members.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Dara Mulvey says the project will attract thousands of visitors and generate jobs for the local area.