At the official opening of the Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway at Kilmainhamwood were Helen McEntee (Minister for Justice), Tommy Reilly (Cathaoirleach Meath County Council), Jack Chambers (Minister of State at the Department of Transport and at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications), Heather Humpreys (Minister for Social Protection and Minister for Rural and Community Development), Philip Brady (Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council), Thomas Byrne (Minister for Sport) accompanied by other dignitaries cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway at Kilmainhamwood StationPhoto: David Mullen/

Boynevalley to Lakelands Greenway opened

30km trail along the former railline from Navan to Kingscourt

The Boynevalley to Lakelands Greenway has been officially by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Jack Chambers.

The new greenway provides a 30 kilometre bicycle and walking path along the former Midland Great Western Railway. It stretches from Navan in Co Meath to the Dun an Rí Forest Park in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

Speaking at the official opening in Co Meath, Minister Humphreys said: “Projects like this greenway are not just places where we can go for a walk, a run or a cycle. They are places where we can come together as family and friends – they have become social outlets for so many more people over the last few years.

“My Department have provided over €2.1 Million since 2018 to develop and enhance this wonderful recreation amenity."

This project was completed thanks to investment from the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) as well as funding from the Department of Transport, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Cavan County Council and Meath County Council.

During the visit to Meath, Minister Humphreys also officially opened a new community centre in Kilmainhamwood.

This project saw a derelict building in the centre of Kilmainhamwood transformed into a multi-purpose community space equipped with remote working facilities.

Speaking at this event, Minister Humphreys said:

“This transformative project saw the repurposing of the former derelict McMahon’s Building to create this beautiful community space, complete with room for remote working. It’s a welcoming and vibrant amenity in the heart of your community."

She congratulated the local community, in particular the Kilmainhamwood Area Development Association and the local authority in getting this project to fruition.

This project received €250,000 in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This scheme has now invested over €177 million in almost 1,800 projects across the country.