Carlow TD, Pat Deering
Fine Gael Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the allocation of €47,268.01 for rural recreation projects in Carlow under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
“Carlow has been allocated €47,268.01 for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in Carlow and in the surrounding region.
“This funding is part of €1.8 million in funding for 128 projects nationally under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, announced by my colleague Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development,” the Carlow TD said.
The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways, blueways and other trails.
The grants being awarded today relate to small local projects, with funding of up to €20,000 being provided for maintenance.
Deputy Deering stated “Recreational tourism is growing year on year and so it is crucial we continue to improve facilities and encourage more visitors.
"Figures from Fáilte Ireland show that the hiking and cycling tourism markets are worth approximately €1.2 billion to the Irish economy.
“Aside from the obvious tourism benefits, it’s also hugely important that we maintain and develop our outdoor infrastructure to encourage everyone to keep fit and live a healthy active lifestyle.
“These projects will enhance existing recreational facilities for the benefit of the communities who use them every day, and also for the many tourists who enjoy visiting our rural areas."
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