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28/10/2021

Funding of €130,000 for Carlow trails and cycling to generate income for rural communities

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A local TD says some €132,649 in funding for outdoor recreation projects in Carlow is to help generate income for rural areas and help create more jobs in the hospitality and leisure sectors in the Dolmen County. 

This funding, provided under Measure 2 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure. 

It also supports the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.

In a statement to Carlow Live, Deputy Deering said: "I very much welcome the funding for outdoor recreation projects here in Carlow.

"This funding is a good start for the New Year in Carlow for our walkways and trails under the outdoor recreational scheme, with this funding announced today of over €132,000."

A total of €112,649 has been awarded to Turas Columba’s Way in St Mullins and €20,000 to countryside community cycle scheme, to develop bike sharing docking stations in Carlow. 

Deputy Deering added: "Recreational tourism is a growing part of Ireland’s tourism offering, and we have seen an increase in the number of Irish and overseas visitors enjoying the many greenways, blueways and walking trails which have been developed around the country in recent years. 

"This is generating income for rural areas and helping to create more jobs in the hospitality and leisure sectors here in Carlow.

"Figures available from Fáilte Ireland reveal that in 2017, 26% of all overseas tourists engaged in some level of hiking or cross-country walking. 

"This equates to 2.3 million tourists, spending an estimated €1.3 bn during their stay in Ireland. A further 451,000 overseas tourists took part in cycling activities.

"Our local communities here in Carlow are also using these facilities in large numbers.

"The continued development of our recreational infrastructure will not only support our developing rural tourism industry, but will also provide better recreation options for local people and families for their own enjoyment of the countryside. 

"I want to congratulate Carlow County Council and all the local communities who have worked together to bring forward the projects funded under the scheme in the last two years."

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