On Friday last, the first phase of the Boyne Valley to Lakeland Greenway was given the green light with funding of €500,000 announced. The funding will allow the construction of the Greenway from Navan to Wilkinstown.
The funding for this phase of the project will allow for the start of construction and provision of signage, furniture and lighting along the Greenway.
The Department of Rural and Community Development published details of projects to be funded under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority. The Scheme provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways and blueways.
Jackie Maguire, Meath County Council Chief Executive said “We are very happy with the news which pays tribute to the hard work of all involved. Meath County Council will continue to develop the county in a positive manner to enhance the quality of life for the people of Meath.”
“The Greenway will be a fantastic amenity for local communities and will bring an increase of visitors to the towns and villages along the route. The greenway will provide a scenic route for both cyclists and walkers to explore Meath’s countryside. “
A total of €8.4 million has been allocated to 44 projects across the country which was approved by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD.
Cllr. Eugene Cassidy said the Navan to Wilkinstown phase is only the start, “When complete, it will be every way as beautiful as the Great Western in Mayo and in the Waterford Greenway. All going well the Navan/Wilkinstown work should begin in the summer.”