County Tipperary is to benefit from almost €850,000 announced as part of a national distribution of €14M under the Embracing Ireland Outdoor Fund.
Three projects in Tipperary were successful – Monaincha Abbey Looped Walk (Roscrea) receives €198,000 to upgrade the existing trail and develop a looped walk.
Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir Blueway is allocated €450,000 to upgrade 20km of the Suir Blueway Tipperary between Clonmel & Carrick-on-Suir.
The third project to receive funding is the Tipperary Town to Limerick Junction Trail which receives €200,000 to upgrade the Tipperary Town to Limerick Junction walkway and cycleway which runs alongside the N24 and is under consideration for major alteration as part of the N24 Cahir to Oola Road project.
The expansion of walking and cycling facilities in the area is part of a wider effort to develop a linear walking trail stretching from Soloheadbeg to the Glen of Aherlow. Separate funding totalling circa € 45,000 was awarded earlier this year to design the off-road route between Limerick Junction and Soloheadbeg.
The goal of Embracing Ireland’s Outdoor Fund is to build on the outdoor walking momentum which became popular during the pandemic and to also bring economic advantages for rural communities as visitors are attracted to use the new facilities.