Green­ways among 13 projects to re­ceive fund­ing

Irish Examiner - County - - News -

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.

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