Senator Aisling Dolan - Strong Voice, New Vision.

€420,000 for Outdoor projects in County Galway

June 04, 2024

€420,000 for Outdoor projects in County Galway

Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed Minister Heather Humphreys announcement of funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

I’d like to thank my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys for funding of €420,000 for three outdoor projects under the Department of Rural & Community Development.

Congratulations to all the volunteers who have won funding in County Galway under these three projects.

Well done to Glinsk Community Development for the Heritage Park project which has been successful today with €200,000 investment to improve over 2kms in trails. This will have a major impact in accessibility for people living locally as well as visitors to the area. Glinsk is on a height and has stunning views around the village. To thank my colleague Councillor Peter Keaveney who is such a strong advocate for the area.  The Park here beside the castle is also part of the Suck Valley Way and the Beara Breifne national trail. It is welcome funding for a scenic part of the Hidden Heartlands

The Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure programme targets funding for communities who see the potential in their stunning local towns and villages. Here in East Galway we have the River Suck waterway, Beara Breifne Trails, forest cycleways, lakes and so much more to explore. Being active and healthy at all ages is great for the mind and the body. Even getting out for a short walk in nature can lift the spirits and give us new perspectives. An adventurous hike or trail for half an hour or half a day can be a fantastic way to catch up with friends and family as well as discovering something new close to home.

The Outdoor Recreational Fund is part of government’s Our Rural Future strategy and Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors strategy.”

These funds are also to promote visitors to our area and tourism in our towns and to encourage people to spend locally in our shops, cafes, restaurants and gastropubs as well as staying in East Galway. To remind hospitality businesses in the Ballinasloe Municipal District area of the EU Just Transition funds under Fáilte Ireland that are also available to people, farms or businesses in the area to increase bed-nights through funding for log cabins, shepherds Huts, glamping and pods as well as accessibility which could be accessible parking, ramps, accessible toilets.  The deadline for Expression of Interest applications here is the end of June and do contact Just Transition Activation Officer in Galway Co Council.