Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, and Cllr Michael Holmes, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, officially opened the new Mulranny footpath and village enhancement scheme last Friday morning. The multi-million euro development consisted of 1.8 kilometres of improvements to the N59 comprising new footpaths, traffic calming, pavements, a viewing promenade, bicycle lanes, pedestrian crossings, picnic tables, and benches.
Minister Ring said at the opening: "I was delighted to officially open these improvements on Friday morning with Cllr Michael Holmes, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council. The completed promenade has been finished to a high standard and I believe it has transformed the village. It is wonderful to see families and children enjoying the pedestrian-friendly space, taking a break or having a picnic while admiring the spectacular views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick.
"I am also pleased to see the new design features a number of green initiatives, including an electric car point, bicycle lanes, recycling facilities, rainwater harvesting, and LED public lights. The scheme greatly improves the safety of vulnerable road users and enhances the village for both residents and tourists alike. The village has become an inviting stop-off point for visitors to Mayo travelling on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Minister Ring concluded: "People have been talking about this project for a long time and now it has finally come to fruition. I believe this makes Mulranny the number one tourism village in Mayo with facilities you wouldn't see anywhere else such as the fabulous promenade. The local community groups must also be commended for their tireless work and also for the way they have all worked together."