ALMOST €300,000 in funding has been secured to extend the Great Southern Trail in West Limerick.
The allocation has been announced by Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly as part of a €7m investment in cycling routes around the country.
€290,000 has been allocated for the construction of a 3km extension of the Great Southern Trail, from Abbeyfeale Town to Rathoran, adding to the existing 38km of trail from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale.
“This funding scheme represents a very significant investment in cycling, and is an important aspect of realising the commitment to cycling outlined in the Programme for Government. Given the outstanding success of the Great Western Greenway I am certain that the investment will provide very welcome and long lasting economic benefits in the areas concerned,” said Minister Kelly.
Deputy Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement of the funding. “This is a great announcement both for the Abbeyfeale area but also for tourism in Limerick,” he said.