Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys has today announced €15 million in funding as part of a new five year strategic partnership with Coillte designed to boost rural tourism.
The funding will develop the outdoor recreation facilities that Coillte provides across its recreational sites.
Some 260 recreational forests and 12 forest parks nationwide will receive investment as part of the initiative.
Several projects in Tipperary have secured funding with a total of almost €100,000 for Tipperary trails.
Carey’s Castle Clonmel General maintenance and car park upgrade €16,000
Devils Bit trail Borrisoleigh General maintenance and trail upgrade €15,000
Killoscully General maintenance and trailhead upgrade €11,000
Knockanroe/Step Silvermines General maintenance, trail head upgrade €9,000
Glengarra Mitchelstown Upgrade of trails and general maintenance €9,000
Two Cloughjordan area trails €8,000
Marl Bog Dundrum General maintenance €7,000
St. Declan’s Way Mount Melleray General maintenance €6,000
Gortavoher/ Ardloman Glen of Aherlow General maintenance €3,500
Grangecrag Grange/ Gortnahoe General maintenance €3,000
Bansha Woods Bansha General maintenance. Upgrade of signage and picnic benches €3,500
Bishops Wood/ Gortarush Dundrum General maintenance €3,000
Cahir Park Cahir General maintenance €2,000
Several other projects in the county received sums between €2500 and €1500Tipperary Racecourse, Horse Racing Ireland and Tobin Consulting Engineers will host a public consultation on the planned new all-weather racetrack at Tipperary Racecourse on Tuesday next, May 17th, from 4pm to 7pm.
Interested members of the public are invited to explore plans for the new project.
The development is expected to deliver a significant increase in the number of race events held at the track.
The location is also identified for an expansion in recreation facilities including water based activities and community events.
The all-weather racetrack construction project will also require and attenuation lake that may support water based activities.
The facility is also likely to feature in the development of the Thoroughbred Horse Country Experience a major new tourism experience product being developed by Tipperary Tourism, Kildare Tourism and Horse Racing Ireland.