Cavan County Council, along with project partner Waterways Ireland, has been awarded €500,000 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2018 for the Belturbet to Corraquill Recreational Trail.
The funding was awarded by the Rural and Community Development under 'Measure Three' of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and follows the award earlier this year of €103,000 to seven projects in County Cavan under the first measure of the scheme.
The €500,000 award, to be match funded by €200,000, was announced today (Tuesday) by Minister Michael Ring, and will fund the second phase within Cavan of a larger project which extends from Belturbet, Co Cavan to Dromod, Co Leitrim, via Ballyconnell, Ballinamore and Mohill and covers a distance of approximately 54 km.
The 6km trail will extend from Belturbet Town to Lock One Corraquill via the Old Aghalane Bridge, by reinstating the derelict footbridge along the Ragg River and following the towpath of the Woodford River to Lock One.
Work is currently progressing on Phase One, the 5.5km Ballyconnell to Bellaheady recreational trail.
The creation of these recreational trails is part of a wider strategy to develop an integrated network of greenways and blueways as outdoor recreational amenities and a tourism product in Cavan and the surrounding border region.
Cavan County Council acknowledges the assistance of Belturbet Walking and Heritage Group, Kilcorby Log Cabins, and local landowners in the successful submission of this application.
Fine Gael Cavan/Monaghan Senator Joe O’Reilly has welcomed the allocation.
“These strategic projects will enhance existing recreational facilities for the benefit of the communities who use them every day, and also for the many tourists who enjoy visiting our rural areas.