Leitrim County Council in partnership with Waterways Ireland welcomes the €1 million funding that was announced by Mr. Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural & Community Development, for the further development of the Shannon and Shannon / Erne Blueway and Cycleway between Carrick on Shannon and Drumshanbo and between Leitrim Village and Kilclare.
This announcement is the result of significant work by Leitrim County Council and Waterways Ireland in the initiation, planning and design of this unique multi million euro innovative Recreational and Tourism concept.
Leitrim County Council’s Chief Executive in welcoming the funding commented on the benefits of working closely on this project with Waterways Ireland. ‘Through the close working relationship between our two organisations over the last number of years Leitrim has now the resources in place to see the delivery of over 20kms of this new and innovative project concept which aims to provide a quality recreational experience using the natural assets of an area and providing a dividend to the local community and their economy’.
Cllr Finola Armstrong Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council also warmly welcomed this significant boost to the County. The Cathaoirleach commented further that ‘The benefits of this development is huge for the area as it will provide a critical link from Co. Leitrim’s hub town of Carrick on Shannon to the Blueway at Leitrim Village, Kilclare and to Drumshanbo and inter-connecting the towns and villages with this unique project.’
Following on from the recently constructed Blueway / walkway cycleway from Acres Amenity, south of Drumshanbo to Leitrim Village, this current project will consist of:
1. The development of a cycle and walkway from Carrick-on-Shannon to Leitrim Village linking into the existing Lough Allen Canal cycle and walking trails with a dedicated trail head at the Barrel Store in Carrick on Shannon;
2. The development of a cycle and walking trail from Leitrim Village to Kilclare along the Shannon Erne Waterway with a dedicated trail head at Leitrim Village; and
3. The development of a cycling and walking trail from the boardwalk at Acres Lake to Drumshanbo and Lough Allen with a dedicated trail head at the Sliabh an Iarann Visitor Centre.
The proposed addition of these 3 cycle and walking trails to the existing network and the connection of the hubs of Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim Village, Kilclare and Drumshanbo will deliver a Blueway and cycleway of approximately 22 km and will both protect and promote Leitrim’s natural, cultural, and scenic resources by providing recreational benefits, enhancing natural beauty and stimulating economic development. The addition of the 3 elements will also allow the promotion and marketing of a product of considerable scale and variety utilising the wider accommodation, activity and attractions in the Region in general and in Leitrim in particular.
Leitrim County Council, as the Lead applicant for the funding, is looking forward to working in partnership with Waterways Ireland and other stakeholders in delivering this significant piece of valuable Infrastructure.