€375k Outdoor Recreation funding welcomed

Outdoor adventure projects in Roscommon are set to benefit from €375,000 in funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) following an announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys this week.

The funding is part of a €6 million allocation aimed at around 200 projects nationwide.

The Roscommon projects to benefit include: Ballaghaderreen to Kilfree Greenway (€50,000); Donamon Masterplan (€50,000); Doon Shore, Lough Key (€30,000); Gorthaganny Water Facilities (€27,900); Lough Key Forest Park (€30,000); Loughglynn Mass Path (€29,700); Outdoor recreation sites (€30,000); Palace Neighbourhood Park in Elphin (€18,900); Rooskey Trails (€29,250); Roscommon Walks and Cycleway (€27,900); Slatta Trails (€21,420); and a number of waymarked trails (€29,970).

A number of local public representatives welcomed the announcement this week with Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan describing it as “fantastic news” for the projects.

“All of these projects we see are testament to incredible local community groups and volunteers working with Roscommon County Council and Roscommon LEADER Partnership to develop amenities in their local area,” she said.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said the allocation was “further proof that this Government is fully aware of the need to invest money throughout rural Ireland”.

Local Fine Gael councillor Liam Callaghan said the funding would be a major boost to the communities and the local economy.

Meanwhile, local Minister of State Frank Feighan also welcomed funding for projects in Leitrim and North Roscommon.