A number of community groups in Roscommon and Galway have been allocated funding for peatlands-related projects.
The grants are allocated under the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme, and will support projects in local peatland areas such as boardwalks, maintaining bog trails, peatland restoration, information signage, surveying of bog habitats and birds, promotional material and peatland education programmes.
Five projects in Co Roscommon will benefit under this scheme - with over €13,800 for Cloonsellan Abbey Conservation Group, to enhance an existing bog road and install seating,
€10,000 for Mount Allen Residents to complete a peatland restoration plan,
€10,000 also for Portrun Development Association for maintenance works and to install signs and produce a brochure,
€3,500 for Kilteevan Tidy Towns to publish the Cloonlarge Loop Walk Biodiversity Calendar for 2022 and install fencing and gates,
and €3,000 for Ballydangan Bog Red Grouse Project to improve a walking path and parking areas.
Four Galway projects also receive funding under this scheme -
there's €25,000 for Looscaun Shannonside Development Group for hedge-trimming and bog track maintenance,
20,000 for Galway Telework Co-op society to maintain and repair bog roads and erect signage,
€10,000 for Attymon Development Group for specialised bird and butterfly surveys and to produce a video,
and €3,000 for Kilchreest / Castledaly community development group, for waste management measures and to erect signs and barriers in the Sliabh Aughty mountains.
Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan says he's delighted to fund a diverse range of initiatives put forward by active community and volunteer groups, with projects in 15 counties to benefit from a total fund of just under €230,000.