Greenways among 13 projects to receive funding
A total of 13 projects in Cork county have received funding under the Government’s 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
In addition to the €1m approved for the Cork Harbour Greenway extension, the other amenity sites received funding of up to €10,000.
Among them is the Clare O’Leary Walk in Bandon, one of the first greenways to be established in the county, in 1993. Former council area engineer in Bandon, Raymond Crowley, inspired the project which involved a 3km walk along the old railway line from Innishannon to Bandon.
The walkway project, which includes a car park, overlooks the N71 road and the Bandon River. It was named after Dr O’Leary, a gastroenterology consultant who was the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest (2004). She also scaled the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent), trekked to the South Pole (2008), and in 2013, crossed the world’s largest frozen and deepest lake, Baikal in Siberia.
Improvement works to the Bandon trail will be enhanced by the €8,000 grant.
Cork County Council said it was delighted to have received funding for the projects under the outdoor scheme.
The countrywide programme provides for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure.
The council said it will be working with local commu- nities to improve local amenities, demonstrating the strong working relationship between the local authority and local groups.
The huge funding approved for the Cork Harbour Greenway project envisages extending existing greenway facilities by commencing the development of a link that will connect Glenbrook to Carrigaline to provide for a harbourlong greenway.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, said the project approvals were welcomed.
He said the funding was crucial to ensure continued investment in such amenities which serve local communities, primarily, as well as making a positive contribution to the county’s tourism potential.