Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, TD last week announced €725,000 under the National Cycle Network Funding for the Castlebar to Turlough Greenway (2 phase project). The Minister outlined the plans for the route which will link up with the already popular Great Western Greenway route.
“This grant funding will be matched by Mayo County Council as the total costs of the project are €1,450,000 for the 8.8km off-road greenway along the banks of the Castlebar River from Newtown, Castlebar through the town centre and east to Turlough village and to the National Museum of Ireland located in Turlough Park,” explained Mr Ring.
“With the funding already allocated by Fáilte Ireland for the Greenway project from Castlebar to Islandeady, this project will further enhance tourism infrastructure in County Mayo and build on the success of the existing Greenway.”
Also voicing her approval of the funding was Sinn Féin Councillor and Chairperson of Smart Travel Castlebar, Thérèse Ruane who welcomed the news highlighting the various advantages it would have for Castlebar.
“The stretch from Castlebar to Turlough is a vital piece of tourism infrastructure. I hope that the route from Turlough could be further expanded on in the near future linking to Ballina and building on the off road cycle network in the County. The Great Western Greenway is a real success story. It shows the potential of developing similar routes throughout the County and promoting Mayo as a walking and cycling destination,” explained Ms Ruane.
Cllr Ruane expressed her delight at projects like this finally being set in motion.
“Almost two years ago, Castlebar Town Council unanimously backed a motion I proposed that it is essential that Castlebar Town be linked to the Great Western Greenway and that the woods at Raheens Woods be developed as a public amenity to the town.
“They are vital pieces of infrastructure and will put Castlebar on the map as a tourist destination as well as providing badly needed public amenities for the town,” said Cllr Ruane.