€500,000 Allocated For Extension Of Tralee Bay Coastal Greenway

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The extension of the coastal greenway will run along the coastline from Cockleshell to the Spa.

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has announced €949,757 in funding for four Kerry outdoor adventure projects.

This includes €500,000 to develop a 2.2km extension to the existing Coastal Greenway from Blennerville Village to Cockleshell Road which will link up with the Tralee-Fenit Greenway creating a 13.5km coastal loop walk and cycleway.

North Kerry Greenways receives €199,807 to provide additional infrastructure including greenway furniture and a biodiversity trail to the Abbeyfeale-Listowel and Tralee-Fenit greenways and funding of €49,950 has also been allocated to the Infrastructural Development Plan for Inch beach.

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Kenmare will receive €200,000 in funding to develop the Peninsula Land Eco Trail which adjoins Kenmare Bay.

This tranche of funding is provided under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) and supports the development of natural amenities and outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling.

The funding has been welcomed by Minister Norma Foley and Fine Gael Kerry Deputy Brendan Griffin.

“The delivery of these projects will make such a difference in Kerry and will also have a hugely positive impact on Tourism,” said Deputy Griffin.

Minister Foley said: “This funding will develop, enhance and support some of Kerry’s world- class outdoor tourist attractions.”

Cllr Mikey Sheehy said; “The greenways are going to be incredible community and tourism assets for our county, their maintenance and upkeep must be a priority. I will be pressing management to formulate a maintenance plan as the opening of our Greenways gets closer.”

Anluan Dunne of the Green Party in Kerry said; “This funding is a real indication of how The Green Party in Kerry is successfully working to deliver funding for projects in our county. More transport links, amenities and places to enjoy our beautiful county are the right way to go. This investment is really welcome.”

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