Council To Look For Funding For Tralee-Blennerville Steam Railway This Autumn

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KERRY County Council is to apply for funding for the restoration of the Tralee Blennerville Steam Railway this autumn.

After a motion tabled at Monday’s meeting of Tralee Municipal District councillors by Cllr Pat McCarthy, that the Council support the local and national efforts to restore the Tralee/Blennerville Rail Link as a tourist attraction, the Council said its officials have had a number of meetings with Fáilte Ireland and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, regarding the project.

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The Council had submitted a proposal back in 2016 to restore the steam railway and upgrade the Blennerville Windmill Visitor Centre under the large capital grants scheme, but this was unsuccessful.

The Council has been invited to submit a revised application when the second phase of funding of large projects re-opens in the autumn.

The Council said outside professional support has been engaged to strengthen proposals going forward.

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