Updated: 31/07/17 : 12:54:33
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Almost €1m for rural recreation projects to boost tourism in Sligo - McLoughlin

Fine Gael Sligo Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin, has welcomed the allocation of almost €1 million for rural recreation projects in Sligo.  

“Sligo has been allocated almost €1 million for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in Sligo and the northwest region as a whole.

“This funding is part of €11 million in funding for over 200 projects nationally under the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, announced by my colleague Michael Ring, T.D Minister for Rural and Community Development.

“The most significant grant is worth €840,285 for the Coolaney National Mountain Biking Centre.

“Other Sligo projects to receive grants include:

Bunduff River Walk - €5,000
Sligo Way - €10,000
Tormore recreational Trail/Sruth in Aghaidh - €7,200
Duneill Walking Trail - €8,750
Carrowkeel Walking Trail - €8,800
Ballintrillick Loop Trail - €5,000
Drumcliff Giants Grave River Trail - €9,240
Mullaghmore Head Loop - €8,000
Benbulben Forest Trail - €10,000
Killaspugbrone Walking Trail - €8,000
Queen Maeve Trail - €10,000
Rathscanlon Recreational Trail - €10,000
Rosses Point Coastal Trail - €10,000
Raghly Head Coastal Loop Trail - €10,000

“The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to maintain and improve our outdoor recreational infrastructure including for example our greenways, blueways and walking trails.

“Recreational tourism is growing year on year and so it is crucial we continue to improve facilities and encourage more visitors. Figures from Fáilte Ireland show that the hiking and cycling tourism markets are worth approximately €1.2 billion to the Irish economy."

                                     Enjoying the Mullaghmore Head Loop

The Sligo based TD continued, "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.

“Eighty per cent of each project is funded by the Government grant, with Sligo County Council making up the difference.

“Minister Ring has confirmed to me that he expects to make further announcements under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the autumn,” concluded Deputy McLoughlin.