Monday, January 18, 2021

By Suzanne Pender

Deputy Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has welcomed the approval of €19,913.43 in funding for outdoor recreational amenities in Carlow. 

As part of Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme funding announced today, €19,913.43 has been approved for signage, infrastructure, and promotion along the River Barrow towpath.

Deputy Murnane O’Connor commented, “This funding will go some way towards ensuring our community can continue to enjoy this outdoor amenity, right here on our doorstep.

“Covid-19 has brought a notable increase in the number of people using our walking trails, cycleways, parks and other resources to exercise and keep fit, while respecting the guidelines on social distancing.” 

The scheme provides funding for the development, promotion and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways and blueways.

The funding announced today, under Measure 1 of the Scheme, will support small-scale local projects with funding of up to €20,000 each.

It is being announced in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, who are co-funding the projects in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Further announcements in respect of medium and large-scale projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, with funding of up to €200,000 and €500,000 respectively for each project, will be made at a later stage.

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