More than one quarter of a million euro is to be provided for looped walks in Shannon.
The money was allocated to Clare County Council for the Shannon Looped Walks as part of the €404,000 being provided for Rural Recreational Projects in County Clare.
Minister for Employment and Small Businesses Pat Breen said the funding would go a long way to make these walks a reality.
“I am pleased that a total of €255,625 of the Rural Recreational Funding will go towards the loop walk in Shannon. It is important that we support projects with tourism potential, not just along the coast, but in other areas of Clare,” said Minister Breen.
“This looped walk in Shannon will start at Shannon Airport go on to Drumgeely, through the Town Centre before working its way towards the Shannon Estuary,” added the Fine Gael minister.
“I am pleased that my colleague the Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, recognised the immense recreational, social and economic value of the Shannon project and the other smaller projects in Clare, and awarded almost 10% of the overall national fund of €4.455 million euro to Clare,” he said.
“Clare Local Development Company will receive more than €148,000 to support other projects including €68,414 for the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail Training; €16,520 for a Trail Monitoring App; €58,952 for a Walking Trail on Loop Head Peninsula and €4,536 for Coastal Trail Maintenance,” added Minister Breen.
“The development and enhancement of these projects will not only provide for new and healthy recreational facilities for the people of Clare, but will help to showcase the sights and scenery of the county to our tourists and visitors,” concluded Minister Breen.