Monday, November 28, 2022

Three Mayo projects have been allocated €540,000 of funding under ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors’ – an ambitious and transformational National Outdoor Recreation Strategy.

‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoor’ is a five-year strategy launched by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.

It was developed in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe and is a collaborative cross-Government strategy that reflects the views of stakeholders and the public. The new strategy will set the stage to strengthen and support the sustainable development of the outdoor recreation sector in Ireland for years to come.

The successful projects in Co Mayo are:

Project Description
Downpatrick Head Downpatrick Head Trailhead Improvements                                                   €180,000
Benwee Head

Carrowteige Loop Walks –

Upgrade Carrowteige Coastal Loop Walks, Kilgalligan, Carrowteige.          €180,000
Old Head Beach, Louisburgh Trailhead Upgrades at Old Head Beach, Louisburgh                                       €180,000

Mayo TD Michael Ring said: “We have tremendous amenities surrounding us such as forest parks, mountain trails, rivers, greenways and beaches. This strategy has been devised to develop Ireland’s Outdoor Recreation sector so we can deliver maximum benefits to communities across the country”.

“Outdoor amenities have huge benefits both for people’s health and wellbeing and economic benefits. Through this Strategy – the Government believe they can make Ireland the destination of choice internationally for outdoor recreation and adventure tourism.

“New Outdoor Recreation Committees will be established in every County to ensure there is a focused and strategic approach to the development of local amenities.”

Mayo TD Alan Dillon said: “The new strategy will set the stage to strengthen and support the sustainable development of the outdoor recreation sector in Ireland for years to come bringing huge economic and health benefits to communities across the country.”

Launching Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors, Minister Humphreys said: “The pandemic awakened a new discovery to explore amongst the Irish public. When we were confined to our counties or we could only meet friends and family outdoors, we gained a new found appreciation for the unique amenities we have on our doorstep whether it’s our forest parks, our mountain trails, our rivers, our greenways or our stunning beaches.

“Significant stakeholder and public engagement has been at the core of the development of this Strategy. I would like to thank the members of Comhairle na Tuaithe for their tireless work in developing the Strategy. Thanks to the high level of stakeholder and public engagement Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors is a truly collaborative Strategy that will set the stage to strengthen and support the sustainable development of the outdoor recreation sector in Ireland for years to come.

Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors focuses on bringing a more joined-up and cohesive approach to the development of outdoor recreation infrastructure at both a national and county level. As part of the strategy new Outdoor Recreation Committees will be established in every County to ensure there is a focused and strategic approach to the development of local amenities.

 

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