Five outdoor trails in Wexford which have significant tourism potential have receive a funding boost, and according to Minister Paul Kehoe, over €81,000 has been ring-fenced to develop projects in Wexford town, Courtown, Ballymoney, Rosslare and Kiltealy.
The specific allocations are as follows; 19,765.00 for the Wexford Walking Woodlands trails; €16,804 to develop walking trails around Kiltealy; €14,400 funding for the Rosslare Harbour to Carne Trail; €16,000 for a walking trail through Courtown woods from Glennglogh to Courtown and €14,120 to provide a coastal walk from Ballymoney Strand to Tara Hill,
“There is no doubting the importance of these projects for the well-being and quality of life of local residents. As a nation, we have embraced the great outdoors in growing numbers and I am pleased that my Department is playing a central role in facilitating the development of this important sector,” Minister Kehoe told WexfordToday.com
“Our investment in outdoor recreation facilities and infrastructure also pays a significant economic dividend. Thousands of tourists make walking, hiking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits an important part of their stay in Ireland. Last year alone, almost 2.7 million overseas visitors engaged in some form of cross-country walking or hiking, while over 0.5 million visitors incorporated cycling into their stay. In addition, one in four of us included walking or hiking as part of our domestic holidays last year,” he concluded.
The funding is part of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, which supports the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways and blueways.