Cork is to benefit from over €1 million funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland, under the government’s 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

Welcoming the announcement by his colleague Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., Minister Simon Coveney T.D. said,

“This is a really exciting and significant announcement that has major impact and benefits for health and wellbeing, keeping fit and being active outdoors, as well as recreational tourism which is a huge growth area for Ireland. We want to see more people enjoying the many greenways, blueways and walking trails in our county and our country.

I am particularly excited about the investment of €1 million in the Cork Harbour Greenway Extension, as well as a number of small funding announcements for Glanmire, Blarney, Youghal, Whitegate, Bandon, Macroom, Mallow, Carrignavar, Carrigtwohill and Avondhu. This announcement represents funding under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development that totals €1,109,520 for Cork.”

The grants being awarded will support a mix of smaller local measures with grants of up to €10,000 each (Measure 1), and larger projects will have a significant national or regional impact (Measure 3).  Grants of between €100,000 and €1 million are available under the latter measure.

Making the announcement yesterday Minister Ring said:

“I am delighted to announce funding of €11.4 million to 219 projects that encapsulate the diversity of work that is ongoing across the country to provide high quality recreational infrastructure for visitors and locals alike.  The projects which I am approving today range from innovative mountain bike trails in Offaly and Sligo, to two  iconic Way-Marked Ways in Cork and Mayo.

Local Authorities, State Agencies and communities have spent significant time and effort developing the project proposals over the last number of months and I am very happy to be able to provide the financial resources necessary to support so many projects, whether at local or regional level. I firmly believe that the continued development of our recreational infrastructure will not only support Ireland’s rural tourism potential, but will also provide a diverse range of recreation options for local communities to support their own health and fitness and enjoy the countryside with their families.  I hope to make further announcements under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in the Autumn”.



Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí                            Kealkill to Guagan                      €10,000

Whitegate Trails                                        Whitegate                                    €10,000

The Clare O’Leary Walk                          Bandon                                         €8,000

Blarney Walking Trails                            Blarney                                          €8,500

Carrignavar                                                 Carrignavar, Co. Cork                €10,000

Carrigtwohill Community Park              Carrigtwohill,  Co. Cork              €5,000

Killavullen Loop Upgrade, Ballard Waterfall Trail Upgrade, Blackwater Way Marketing

Killavullen,                                                   Kilworth, Avondhu                    €9,520

John O’Callaghan Park,                            Glanmire, Co. Cork                     €10,000

Harper’s Island                                          Glounthaune, Co. Cork              €10,000

Macroom Town Park                                Macroom                                      €10,000

Mallow                                                         Mallow                                          €8,500

Claycastle Beach                                        Youghal                                         €10,000


MEASURE3 – Cork County Council                               
Cork Harbour Greenway extension  €1 Million

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provides funding under 3 separate measures:

  • Measure 1: Small maintenance/promotion of existing infrastructure (maximum grant €10,000)


  • Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and development of new small/medium infrastructure (maximum grant €100,000)


  • Measure 3: Repair/upgrade and development of larger more strategic projects (grant of greater than €100,000 and up to €1 million for exceptional projects).


The scheme will primarily be run by Local Authorities and State Agencies, and funding will be provided to a maximum of 80% of total project costs, with the balance to be provided from Local Authority or other sources.

Projects under Measures 1 and 3 are being approved at this stage.  Successful projects under Measure 2 of the scheme will be announced in the Autumn.

Figures available from Fáilte Ireland reveal that in 2014, close to 1.2million visitors to Ireland took part in hiking or cross country walking. These activity tourists spent in the region of €915 million in the Irish economy during their stay. Similar statistics reveal that 286,000 visitors took part in cycling activities with a related spend of some €268 million. These two sectors combined generated revenue for the Irish economy in the region of €1.2 billion in 2014.