Funding boost for outdoor pursuits in Kerry

The beach development at Inch has been allocated funding

A TOTAL of €949,757 in funding has been approved for four Kerry outdoor adventure projects.

This tranche of funding is provided under the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme and it supports the development of natural amenities and outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling.

The projects chosen for investment include walking and cycling trails, cliffways, beaches, lakes, rivers, bogs, greenways, blueways and bridleways.

Funding of €49,950 has also been allocated to the infrastructural development plan for Inch beach.

Minister Norma Foley: Announced funding

Under the scheme the Tralee Bay Coastal Greenway receives €500,000 to develop a 2.2km extension to the existing Coastal Greenway from Blennerville Village to Cockleshell Road.

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

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.

Announcing details of the grant aid, Education Minister and Kerry TD, Norma Foley said it provides significant investment in the Kerry tourism industry with particular focus on maintaining the excellent network of greenways and outdoor adventure offerings.

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

The grant aid has also been welcomed by Deputy Brendan Griffin who remarked: “The delivery of these projects will make such a difference in Kerry and will also have a hugely positive impact on tourism.”