Ballyhoura Walking Trails received a boost this week as almost €80,000 was allocated for upgrades under the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The funding was approved as part of a €1.8 million allocation for 109 projects under Measure 1 of the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme that provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways and cycle ways. The funding awarded will support small-scale local upgrades of up to €20,000 in four local walks across the communities of  Anglesboro, Ballyorgan, Ballylanders and Ballinvreena.

Delighted with the news, John Kennedy, Chairperson of Ballyhoura Heritage and Environment said “This funding will make a positive contribution to the ongoing maintenance and development of the Ballyhoura walks product. Ballyhoura Heritage and Environment are focused on creating world class trails both for local people and visitors to the Ballyhoura area. The projects approved under this measure include the upgrade of surfaces on walking trails, improvements to route signage, and improved facilities at trail access points. The Ballyhoura Walking Trails are vital for the wellbeing and quality of life of local people’’.

The continued development of the walking and cycling product across the Ballyhoura area will also create 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, 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’’.

The project applications were supported by Ballyhoura Development and submitted through Limerick City and County Council highlighting the positive collaboration among the local partners.