Decision On Funding For Ballyseedy Wood Project Due Early This Year

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A DECISION on funding for the Ballyseedy Wood Project is expected to be made early this year.

The project involves the creation of a circa 5km loop walk by linking existing trails with a new 800m long trail on the northern side of the River Lee on land donated by the McGillycuddy family.

Kerry County Council recently submitted the project for funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2020 which provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in countryside areas.

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It is hoped the project would create an attraction for both locals and visitors to enjoy and an announcement from the Department on successful projects is expected early in 2021.

The scheme which is ran by the Department of Rural & Community Development in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, invests in the physical infrastructure that underpins sporting and recreational activities based on the use of the resources of the countryside.

Only three applications are allowed under Measure 2 of the Scheme, which allocates funding of up to €200,000, and Kerry County Council recently submitted projects under this measure that included one for Ballyseedy Wood.

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