Boost as over €300,000 granted to three projects in county Limerick

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

A Heritage Trail in Lough Gur is among the projects to receive funding

A Heritage Trail in Lough Gur is among the projects to receive funding

RECREATION facilities in the county got a boost this week with funding of €312,024 announced for three very different projects.

A Heritage Trail in Lough Gur, a Slí na Sláinte healthy heart walking route in Askeaton and a water-sports facility in Killeedy were all included in a list of 78 projects nationwide to benefit under a particular funding strand  of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2018.

Under this strand, known as Measure 2, projects involving the repair, upgrade and development of new, small to medium,  infrastructure could qualify for grants of up to €200,000 grant.

In Limerick, Minister Patrick O’Donovan said, this Tuesday’s allocation sees Lough Gur receive €123,600, Kantoher €69,944 and Askeaton €118,480."

“This is yet another investment by government into rural Co. Limerick. The projects in question will benefit from the funding by improving walking routes in the areas and making them attractive places for locals and others to visit and enjoy a walk safely,” he said.

His party colleague, Tom Neville TD, also welcomed the funding, and was particularly happy about the €118,480 for the Slí na Sláinte in Askeaton. “I made numerous representations about this,” he said.

The condition of the walking trail had been an ongoing issue for some time, he explained, with growth having to be removed each year from the walkway. The  money would enable new surfacing to be laid. It was, he added, another example of the government redistributing money to rural Ireland.

At a meeting of Adare Rathkeale councillors held on Tuesday, Cllr Kevin Sheahan had warned that unless action was taken to rehabilitate the walk, “somebody was going to be swept off that road.” There were, he claimed, some two inches of grass growing on the surface and people were forced to walk on the roadway. Should an accident occur, the finger would be pointed at the council, he warned, but the responsibility lay with Dublin.

Jack O’Connor, of the Kantoher Development Group, welcomed the €69,000 grant as a boost for their project of transforming the old Kantoher ponds at Camas.

The project involves developing a reed-bed sewerage treatment plant to serve the nearby busiiness park and ultimately residents as well as developing walking trails through an eco-park around the ponds. The reeds are now all set and the trails in place and the €69,000 would be used to develop water-related facilities at one of the ponds, he said.

This would include a pontoon, a footbridge, a beach landscpaing and earthworks as well as safe viewing area for children and would support activities such as  fishing, nature walks and kayaking.

In Lough Gur, the grant will help to extend the existing small section of trail along the lakeside. The ultimate plan is to have a trail encircling  the lake completely but this depends on issues such as habitat etc.