20 cycling projects in 11 counties get €3.3m; here’s the breakdown

Posted on: January 26th, 2019

A section of the Royal Canal Greenway being worked on near Kilcock. It’s one of the cycling projects to get up to €200,000 in the latest round of funding.


More than €3 million has been committed to 20 cycling projects across 11 counties under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The latest round of funding is essentially the final round of the 2018 scheme. Each of the projects funded is in the outdoor pursuits area, namely walking and cycling.

The funds have been announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD and Orla Carroll, director of strategic development with Fáilte Ireland.

The 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.

Some €3,310,883 has been made available under the latest round of funding for 20 cycling projects in 11 counties.

They include Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Kilkenny, Meath, Galway, Kerry, Longford, Offaly, Monaghan and Mayo.

In total, almost €11 million was distributed to 78 outdoor pursuits projects, of which the cycling projects were part.


A stretch of the Boyne greenway; one of the 20 projects that has received funding.


“The funding being announced today builds on the €10 million which I allocated during 2018 to 150 projects under Measures 1 and 3 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme,” Mr Ring said.

“It brings the total investment from the 2018 call for proposals to almost €21 million.

“Over €40 million has now been allocated to almost 600 projects under this scheme since 2016 to improve existing, and develop new, walking trails, greenways and other recreational amenities for communities and visitors all over Ireland.”

Ms Carroll said: “Fáilte Ireland welcomes the announcement of funding for the successful projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

“As the National Tourism Development Authority, it is one of our strategic objectives to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism are spread regionally across the country.”


How the money for cycling breaks down


  • €20,000, Countryside Community Cycle Scheme: Development of bike sharing docking stations. Carlow countryside
  • €200,000, Cavan Town Railway Greenway: Development of greenway. Cavan to Clones
  • €177,153, Killykeen Forest Park Walking and Cycle Trails. Development of walking and cycling trails, Cavan Town vicinity


€200,000, Mallow Castle Walkway. Development of Walkway-Cycleway in the grounds of Mallow Castle Mallow.


  • €177,060, Letterkenny to Burtonport Greenway Phase 1. Development/Extension of Greenway. Network of greenways in the North West.


  • €137,200, Development of Clonbur as a Recreational Hub Bicycle Trail. Development of bicycle trails Clonbur, Co Galway.


  • €160,000, Kenmare Road Trails: Enhancement of walkways and cycle routes Kenmare Road, Ring of Kerry.


  • €200,000, Drumlish to Monaduff. Construction of footpath-cyclepath. Drumlish-Ballinamuck.
  • €200,000, Newcastle Wood to Royal Canal link. Construction of walkway-cycleway.
  • €193,982, Lanesboro to Royal Canal Link. Construction of walkway-cycleway. Lanesboro to Clondra.


  • €200,000, Boyne Greenway, Drogheda. Development of greenway
  • €100,000, Ramparts-Blackwater river walk. Development of footpath and cycleway. Dundalk, Co Louth.


  • €200,000, Great Western Greenway Network Improvements. Major essential trail works. Kilmeena & Turlough.
  • €200,000, Achill Island Greenway. Phases 2A & 2D bridge crossing and approach works at Achill Sound Great Western Greenway from Achill Sound to Keel.


  • €200,000, Castletown new trail development. Construction of walkway-cycleway, Castletown.
  • €92,000, Longwood Ribbontail walk to Royal Canal Greenway. Construction of greenway Longwood.
  • €160,000, Nobber Way. Construction of walkway-cycleway. Nobber.


  • €93,488, Clones loop of Kingfisher Cycle Trail. Upgrade of Clones Loop Kingfisher Cycle Trail through counties Cavan, Leitrim, Fermanagh, Donegal and Monaghan.


  • €200,000, Completion of Linkage of Grand Canal Greenway to Royal Canal Greenway: Extension of Grand Canal, Ballycomon Bridge to Campbells Bridge and Kilbeggan brand of Greenway
  • €200,000, Grand Canal Greenway Extension from Poolagh to Lough Boora Discovery Park.