• A total of €216,000 has been allocated this morning for 11 recreational amenity projects across Co Mayo.

    The funding is being provided under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure scheme, which provides grants of up to €20,000 for outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails.

    Five of the Mayo projects allocated funding are under the banner of South West Mayo Development Company, while Mayo North East had applied for funding for the other 6 successful projects.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the funding will go towards improving local walks, trails and greenways.


  • Funding of €4.5 million for 26 greenway projects has been announced today by Minister for Climate Change and Transport Eamon Ryan.

    The funding will provide support for the planning and design of greenways around the country and was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020.

    €95,000 is being made available for the Mayo Interurban Greenway. 

    The funding is for the concept and feasibility study of a 60km link from Westport via Castlebar to Ballina.

    Fine Gael Deputy Michael Ring says in Mayo, our Greenways have proven to play a vital role in supporting local communities, creating jobs and bringing visitors to our county. 

    Meanwhile, €300k has been awarded to Sligo County Council for the development of the controversial Greenway along the western rail corridor that will run from Cooloney in Sligo to Bellaghy in Charlestown.

    €240,000 has been allocated to the Connemara Greenway and €75,000 for the Quite Man Greenway.

  • The Foxford/Pontoon Greenway is due to commence construction, tomorrow which has been warmly welcomed by Deputy Michael Ring and local Councillor Neil Cruise.

    Deputy Ring allocated funding of €200,000 to this project in February 2020 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme when he was a Minister.

    The funding allocated was for the construction of the first phase of the Foxford/Pontoon Greenway.

    This will ensure the development of a 1.5km Greenway from Bellass to Clossagh townlands at Foxford for walkers and cyclists.

    Councillor Cruise says he lobbied strongly to get this project moving and is delighted that works will commence tomorrow.

  • Construction got underway yesterday on the first phase of the Westport to Louisburgh Greenway. 

    The 19km stretch of greenway will extend on from the Great Western Greenway that runs from Westport to Achill. 

    Phase One runs from Bertra to the famine monument at Murrisk, at the base of Croagh Patrick. 

    Local Councillor Christy Hyland told Midwest News he is delighted work on the new facility is now underway. 

  • The slow pace of progress in developing the Bertra to Lecanvey greenway was raised at this week's monthly meeting of the Westport / Belmullet Municipal District.

    Almost a year ago, Minister Michael Ring announced funding of half a million euro towards developing the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the Clew Bay Trail, which is a 19 km walking and cycling trail between Belclare and Louisburg.

    Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland questioned council management at this week's meeting in relation to the progress being made in developing this section of greenway, and was told the route has been identified and the council is about to engage in discussions with landowners.

    Councillor Hyland is hoping to see the project progressing quickly, so that it can be completed for next Summer's tourist season.

  • 3.2 million euro in funding has been announced for greenway developments in county Mayo.

    Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring says today’s funding from the department of transport will extend the Great Western Greenway between Westport and Achill, beyond Bunacurry and will also complete complete a further section of the Westport to Louisburgh greenway.

    While Minister Sean Kyne has announced €2.6 million investment in the Connemara Greenway, the funding has been allocated from the National Greenway Fund which is administered by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD. 

    The 2.6 million euro will go towards the construction of a third section of the Clifden - Oughterard part of the Greenway, predominately between Clifden and Recess. 

    Minister Kyne says engagement is continuing with stakeholders, including landowners, to determine the most practical route between Dangan and Oughterard via Moycullen. The Greenway on this section will be wider given the additional numbers that will make use of the facility for commuting, to destinations such as NUIG, UHG and other workplaces, as well as for recreation.

     In Mayo, Minister Ring told Midwest News that today’s announcement is in addition to a recent announcement by him of 1.5 million euro investment in the Westport to Louisburgh facility.

  • Public Consultation on five potential route corridor options for the new Galway to Athlone Cycleway Project is still open and the project team is encouraging the public and interested parties to view the proposals and make their submissions over the coming weeks.

    They say there is still time to visit the virtual public consultation room where you can watch the project video, view maps, and read about the proposals.

    Submissions can be made through the online consultation website, by email, post, or telephone.

    The project team has also published new Frequently Asked Questions that have arisen during this public consultation, mainly regarding land for the Greenway (see


  • The inaugural Castlebar Greenway 10 mile race  organised by Mayo AC.took place on Sunday morning. The out and back course started and finished at Castlebar town park and included eight miles along  the Greenway, criss crossing bridges over the Castlebar river with a two mile loop on public roads through Turlough village via the Round Tower.

    Conditions were good and the rain held off until near the end of the race when finishers faced a stiff breeze as they headed for the town park.

    John Byrne came home the winner (59:17) twenty seconds ahead of David Tiernan with Daire Comer third repeating last weekend’s Charlestown 10k top three. Emma Grimes was first woman across the line in 65:59, just over a minute ahead of Colette Tuohy with Maura Ginty from Ballycroy third in 69:16.

    Mayo AC Chairman David Dinsmore presented the prizes and congratulated all who competed. He also thanked the Castlebar Greenway 10 organisers led by Padraic McVann and Colette Tuohy and their excellent volunteers, the Order of Malta for their services – “a superb job by all and a great spread afterwards at An Sportlann”.

    The 10 mile race was the final event in Mayo AC Vodafone 2018 club league..

    Full Results: (104 finishers) are on

    Prize winners:

    Men 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC) 59:17 ,2 David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 59:37 ,3 Daire Comer (Tuam AC) 60:17

    Women 1 Emma Grimes (GCH) 65:59, 2 Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 67:24 ,3 Maura Emma Ginty (Sportsworld) 69:16

    o40 men 1 Hugh McArdle (Roscommon Harriers AC) 62:09, 2 John Gordon 63:34.

    o40 women 1 Emma Keane 78:15 ,2 Aoibheann Finan 79:13

    o50 men 1 Michael O’Malley 72:58, 2 Thomas O’Brien 74:28

    o50 women 1 Marcella McDonnell (Mayo AC) 82:29, 2 Fionnuala O’Mara 82:58

    o60 men 1 Owen Mongan (Mayo AC) 78:52, 2 John Cunniffe (Mayo AC) 79:45

    o60 women 1 Pauline Moran (Mayo AC) 73:54

  • A section of the greenway that links Castlebar to Turlough is subsiding into the Castlebar river at present, but Mayo County Council Tourism Officer Anna O’Connor says work will get underway on restoring the path this week.

    Severe winter weather, with high water levels in the river impact on the greenway, and the local authority will use a bio engineering product “willow” to repair the damage.

    Mayo has 80 km in total of greenway, the largest 42 km section runs from Westport to Achill, there is also a greenway in Ballina, and another in the county town.

    Funding of 100,000 euro is allocated annually in Mayo county Council’s budget for Greenway Maintenance. This figure was described as inadequate by Achill based Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara at a recent Special policy committee on tourism.

    He says if the county is serious about being an international tourist location more funding needs to be invested in facilities and maintenance along our greenways.

    Ann O’Connor says the plan is to expand the greenways in the county. She says it generally takes 200km of a cycle route to attract international cyclists.

    Speaking to Midwest News today she said  that in addition to the funding for maintenance of the greenways, there is also a Green Patrol that assist in keeping the routes in good condition.

  • Large crowds turned out yesterday in Tuam to take part in a march calling on Galway county  council to approve a Greenway Feasibility Study from Athenry to Miltown  - that would run along the former railroad, part of the proposed Western Rail Corridor.

    The matter is due to go before Galway county councillors  at the monthly meeting of the authority later today.

    The Athenry to Milltown section of the closed railway has been branded as the “Quiet Man Greenway” by local campaigners seeking government funding from the National Greenway strategy to have a feasibility study completed on the route.

    Both Minister Ciaran Cannon (FG) and deputy Anne Rabbitte TD (FF) spoke in favour of securing the funding required for a feasibility study on the route yesterday.

    Brendan Quinn of the Western Rail Trail Campaign, a group campaigning for the development of a greenway from Athenry to Collooney, and supporting “The Quiet Man Greenway” development told Midwest News today that the turnout was phenomenal and he said however today’s vote goes at Galway County Council, the campaign to secure a greenway will nor go away.

  • The jury remains out on whether the old East Mayo railway line will be developed as a greenway or remain intact to secure a rail service

    The Draft Mayo County Development Plan (2021 – 2027) closed for submissions last month (March).

    It received an exceptionally large volume of public submissions from people who want a greenway  - walking/cycling route - developed along the old railway line in East Mayo.

    However, West on Track, a group that has been campaigning for decades to have the railway line restored, also made a joint submission to the local authority in favour of Mayo County Council’s stance on protecting the Western Rail corridor for future use.

    We have been hearing from both sides of the argument.

    Of the total 1,265 submissions made on the Draft County Development Plan, 1,000 sought the development of a greenway on the old railway line from Charlestown to Claremorris, in order to protect the publicly-owned asset for future rail use, and to provide tourism jobs and local amenities now.

    Among the 1,000 submissions on this side of the argument was Irish Rail, the owners of the closed route.  It told Mayo County Council that it will support a greenway on the  route with full support for the “section north of Claremorris” It is their view that a greenway will protect the route from loss to state ownership until such time as a railway might be possible.

    The Dept of Transport also made a submission on the Mayo County Development Plan. It also asked the authority to consider the use of the closed railway as a greenway for now, and suggested it should be referred to as a “Transport Corridor” not just a railway line.

    East Mayo Greenway Group spokesperson  Michael Maye  has been telling Midwest News more about the level of support for its stance from the general public.



    Colmán Ó Raghallaigh of West on Track says his group submitted a single submission on the Draft Plan to Mayo County Council on behalf of its 3,000 members and supporters, and its submission supported the Council’s recently agreed stance on protecting the Western Rail Corridor for future use.

    While West on Track support the plans of Mayo County Council to develop local greenways for towns like Charlestown, Swinford and Kiltimagh  - they see no reason to locate these facilities on the railway route that may jeopardise the future re-opening of a major piece of transport infrastructure.

    Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley spoke to Colmán about the volume of support for a greenway along the old railway route in East Mayo, as reflected by the volume of submissions on the issue to the Draft County Development Plan – nonetheless, West on Track members don’t share that view