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The Connemara Greenway, which one TD said had the potential to be “a jewel in Ireland’s crown in terms of greenways”, took a step closer to completion this week, with an allocation of €500,000 for its Clifden and Oughterard section.
This summer thousands of Irish will have crossed the channel to France for their annual holidays, to revel in the sun, relax by a pool, and, for those who want a little more activity, perhaps take a bicycle ride.
Tonight’s edition of Imeall - the arts and culture series on TG4 - revisits local artist Pamela de Brí as her exhibition - Midland - Lár Tíre: Cycling the MGWR from Past to Present, that she worked on for three years is being installed in the National Photographic Archive.
This railway line was built under the auspices of the Congested Districts Board and was of enormous importance to the people of all of Connemara. It was a great feat of engineering from the point of departure westwards from Galway station with the necessary building of bridges and tunnels by Bohermore and across the Corrib itself.
In late October 1890, Arthur J Balfour, nephew of the Conservative leader Lord Salisbury of the time, and recently appointed Chief Secretary of Ireland, went on a walking tour of the distressed districts along the Galway and Mayo coast. Accompanied only by his sister, and local officials who joined them as they passed through different districts, they travelled without police escort. Remembering that it was only eight years since the Phoenix Park Murders* it was a brave gesture. But Balfour was probably the best of them.** He was genuinely anxious to improve the conditions of the area. He had influence in London, and an imaginative grasp of his brief for Ireland. He met and talked with the local community leaders, listened to what they had to say; and sat by the open fires listening to the mná tí.
Three and a half million euro has been pledged to complete the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill.
The Minister for Labour Affairs Dara Calleary TD, has announced that the Department of Transport has made available a funding package totalling €1.6m to Mayo County Council to develop a 17.5km off-road cycle and walking route between Newport and Mulranny.