Rural recreation projects and facilities throughout County Galway are to benefit from grants, announced this week, as part of Rural Development Fund.
The funding will allow the development of new recreational facilities and the promotion of existing facilities. A total of €60,000 has been allocated for capital investment in the Hymany Way in the Clonbrock and Ahascragh areas and €46,286 in funding for Coillte-controlled trails. Some €1.3 million is being allocated to Coillte for maintenance of current trails across the country.
There will be upgrading of signage and surfaces at Castlegrove, cutting of vegetation along the Hymany Way and also in Monivea and Woodlawn. In Mountbellew seating will be replaced and vegetation will be controlled, while in Portumna Forest Park there will be a surface upgrade to inner multi-access loop walk and timber structures will also be upgraded.
The funding has been welcomed by the Minister of State for Flooding and the OPW, Independent Alliance TD Seán Canney. “It is vital these important walking trails are properly maintained so they can be accessed on a year round basis by walkers and those enjoying outdoor pursuits,” he said. “A wide variety of communities across east Galway are benefitting from this week’s funding announcement.”