€8,000 Rural Recreation Scheme Grant for River Walk

Cllr. Bobby O'Connell delighted to welcome today's news of the €8,000 grant for the River Walk in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Cllr. Bobby O’Connell delighted to welcome today’s news of the €8,000 grant for the River Walk in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Cllr. Bobby O’Connell has welcomed the allocation of €8,000 for the development of the Castleisland River Walk under Minister Michael Ring’s Rural Recreation Scheme. The grant is in line with the National Countryside Recreation Strategy which was developed by the National Countryside Recreation Strategy by Comhairle Na Tuaithe.

Rural Recreation

This work of Rural Recreation is to provide for actions to develop countryside recreation in line with the objectives of the National Countryside Recreation Strategy as developed by Comhairle Na Tuaithe – The Countryside Council.

Maintenance Based Scheme

It also encompasses the implementation of the Walks Scheme which is a maintenance based scheme providing modest payments to landowners who maintain sections of National Way Marked Ways and priority walks that traverse their lands.

The scheme was announced jointly last April by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD and the Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, TD.

They announced €20 million in funding for rural towns and villages as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development.

Town and Village Renewal

Up to 300 towns and villages will benefit from funding under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which will be made available through Local Authorities over the next year in a bid to support rural regeneration.

The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000. Applications from towns can range from €20,000 to a maximum of €100,000.

Funding of up to €200,000 will also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying areas.

The River Walk in Castleisland is, probably, one of the most used public facilities in the area. It is an amenity which is open to all and all ages.

Great Pollinators of Our Planet

Recent regulations where river bank trimming is being prohibited has really enhanced the look of the river along the walk.

Wildlife of all kinds now have more cover and the abundance of wild flowers are playing host to the great pollinators of our planet.

In welcoming the grant, Cllr. O’Connell said that he’s delighted at the news.

“It is clear that the River Walk has become so much part of Castleisland now and its benefit to the locality is beyond question. The Tidy Towns group and their workers really do a great job in looking after it and it’s only right that this is recognised in some way,” said Cllr. O’Connell.

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