North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has welcomed allocations of funding for two projects in Mallow and Charleville, totaling more than €350,000, following the announcement of funding through the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS). More than €10 million in funding was announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, which included funding for four projects across County Cork.
“I welcome the news that €200,000 has been allocated for the development of a walkway/cycleway at Mallow Castle Grounds and a further €158,035 has been allocated to upgrade the Beara Breifne walkway trail from Dursey Sound towards Charleville. Both of these are worthy projects and the funding announced by my colleague will go a long way to improving outdoor recreation amenities in the North Cork region,” Cllr. O’Shea said.
“The 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme was launched in May last year and it provides for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways, blueways and other trails. Nationally, 78 projects under Measure 2 – medium scale repair/upgrade and development of new small/medium infrastructure up to €200,000 – have been announced by Minister Ring this week.
“More than €40 million has now been allocated to almost 600 projects under this scheme since 2016 to improve and develop new walking trails, greenways and other recreational amenities for communities and visitors all over Ireland. The total investment under the 2018 ORIS will amount to €20.8 million, with the exchequer funding €17.8 million and Fáilte Ireland funding a further €3 million.
“We are fortunate in North Cork to have wonderful outdoor recreation amenities and attractions, Mallow Castle and the Beara Breifne Way among them. It is great news that new funding will go towards facilitating upgrades and new developments at these sites as the benefits will be manifold. Not only will it improve the quality of life for local residents, but by having high-quality outdoor recreation infrastructure in our region, it will also serve to boost tourism in North Cork.
“My compliments to everyone involved in the two successful projects in Mallow and Charleville. I look forward to seeing the funding being put to good use and I eagerly await the finished products,” concluded Cllr. O’Shea.