The announcement of €400,000 for the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway in County Offaly by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD has been hailed as great news for Offaly’s outdoor recreation amenities by Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
”Minister Michael Ring brings more good news this week to Offaly with the announcement of €400,000 for 2 projects on the Grand Canal Greenway.
”This level of funding will allow substantial development and expansion of the Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly.
“€200,000 was granted to Offaly County Council at this time last year and Minister Michael Ring officially opened the completed section of the Greenway last April at Srah, Tullamore, all of which was made possible by this funding injection.
”I am heartened with today’s substantial funding allocation:
€200,000 allocated towards the completion of new link from the Grand Canal Greenway at Ballycommon Bridge to the Royal Canal Greenway at Campbell’s Bridge, Kilbeggan.
€200,000 towards the extension of Grand Canal Greenway from Pullough to the Lough Boora Discovery Park.
”This is fantastic news for the county and the completion of these projects will greatly enhance this important recreational amenity. The linking of the Grand Canal Greenway and Royal Canal Greenway is a positive development and will encourage greater numbers of tourists into the area.
”Ireland is witnessing steady growth in recreational tourism and it is hugely important that Offaly develops its infrastructure to ensure that it provides an attractive offering to this growing market. This tourism activity will generate income in our towns and rural areas and will create and sustain employment in the tourism sector. Data provided by Fáilte Ireland shows that 26% of all overseas tourists to Ireland in 2017 took part in hiking or cross-country walking.
”The continued development of the Greenway infrastructure across Offaly will be of huge benefit to local people and will encourage us all to become more active and healthy.”