€140,000 tourism boost for County Wexford

Group setting out on the Oulart Hill Walking Trail in August 2017. Oulart Hill is to receive funding for its popular trail.

Wexford has been allocated €140,342 for rural recreation projects in County Wexford under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and Minister Michael D’Arcy said; “The allocation is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in in the county and in the surrounding region.”
KILANERIN & CURRAGH WOODS. Upgrade at Kilanerin and Curragh Woods. €15,582.44.
BURROW TRAIL KILMORE QUAY. Installation of wooden boardwalk and landscaping at Ballyteigue Burrow. €15,200.
OUR LADY’S ISLAND. Construction of a clearly identifiable commencement point to Our Lady’s Island Heritage Trail. €20,000.
RAMSFORT WOOD TRAILS. Upgrade and increase length of existing trail at Ramsfort Woods, on the edge of Gorey town. €20,000.
SLADE DOCK. Upgrade to access at Slade dock. €20,000.
NEW ROSS RIVER WALK TO OAKLANDS. Trail link to join two walking trails from the New Ross River Walk to Oaklands. €20,000.
OULART HILL WALKING TRAILS. Improvement works at Oulart village. €20,000.

Group setting out on the Oulart Hill Walking Trail in August 2017. Oulart Hill is to receive funding for its popular trail. Pic: Owen Dunbar.

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 Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development.
“The grants being awarded today relate to small local projects, with funding of up to €20,000 being provided for maintenance,” said Minister Ring.
Figures from Fáilte Ireland show that the hiking and cycling tourism markets are worth approximately €1.2 billion to the Irish economy.
Minister Michael D’Arcy added: “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.
“The scheme will primarily be run by Local Development Companies, Local Authorities and State Agencies, and funding will be provided to a maximum of 80% of total project cost, with the balance to be provided from other sources,” Minister D’Arcy said.

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