Funding of €159,800 has been awarded to Mayo for eight outdoor recreation infrastructure projects.
The funding was confirmed by Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon following this morning’s announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphrey’s TD under Measure 1 of the 2020 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
Measure 1 of this programme provides grants of up to €20,000 for small scale maintenance, promotion and marketing projects.
The projects selected include:
- Achill - Combine the Dooagh 4km looped trail and the 10km Deserted village trail. Enhance existing paths, tracks, signage and drainage. Install small bridge crossings and rest areas : €20,000
- Claremorris - Clare Lake Land of the Giants – Replacements of two foot existing bridges: €20,000
- Castlebar - Breaffy Woods Loop Walk - Supply and install boardwalk materials. Improvements enhancements and extension on the trail: €20,000
- Clogher - Clogher Walking Hub - Develop 2 high quality loop walks complementing the existing Clogher Bog 8km Loop This will help create a new walking hub based around the Clogher Heritage centre (13km) : €19,800
- Newport - Burrishoole Loop Walk and Great Western Greenway – Develop and enhance a trailhead to the Burrishoole Network of loop walk and Great Western Greenway. Improve, parking, bike parking and information on directional signage: €20,000
- Belmullet - Erris Head - Improvements to the trailhead to facilitate parking, bike parking, information on directional signage: €20,000
- Mayo County Council - Marketing of Mayo Trails - Develop a dedicated Mayo Trails website to showcase trails that are available throughout Mayo. Develop and create a library of digital content as a promotional tool: €20,000
- Kilmovee - Kilmovee Heritage Trail - Enhance and further develop a 6km heritage trail, incorporating significant sites and monuments. Will facilitate access and enjoyment of the landscape and promote & protect the heritage of Kilmovee: €20,000.
Deputy Dillon told Midwest News today that funding for this program is broken down by 90 percent from the Department, and 10 percent from the Local Authority and other sources.
This increased funding level, he explained, has been introduced in recognition of the difficulty in raising match funding due to the impact of COVID–19.