Hike funding

Coillte forest trails in Laois receive nearly €70,000 in funding to promote rural tourism

Funding of €67,000 has been announced for Laois as part of a new five-year strategic initiative with Coillte to boost its forest trails and rural tourism.

The Laois allowance is part of the €15 million announced nationwide by Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys. There are plans to expand the outdoor leisure facilities that Coillte offers at its leisure sites.

Some 260 recreational forests and 12 forest parks will receive investments under the initiative, approved by Minister Humphreys today.

This will mean improvements to some 3,000 kilometers of walking and cycling trails, which will significantly boost outdoor tourism and rural communities.

A total of 21 projects were selected for funding in Laois.

They are the following:

Baunreagh, general path maintenance, pruning and hedge trimming – 3,500

Brittas, Clonaslee – walking loop maintenance, picnic tables – 2,500

Capponellan, Durrow – maintenance of paths and some hedges – 3,000

Carrick Wood, Portarlington – general path maintenance, hedge trimming – 3,000

Cathole, Rosenallis – trail maintenance – 2,000

Cullahill – trail maintenance – 2,000

Dunmore, Durrow – removal of fallen trees, maintenance of paths – 5,000

Dysart Forest, Portlaoise – maintenance/improvement of walking trails – 3,000

Emo Court – dangerous trees to remove and pruning required. Trail maintenance; erected threshold sign – 4,000

Garryhinch – potholes and bollards need attention in the parking lot. Some dangerous trees that need to be removed – 4,000

Glenbarrow – hedge trimming at car park required. Minor maintenance needed to follow. Picnic furniture needs repair/maintenance – 2,500

Kelliville, Stradbally – maintenance of roads – 2,500

Knockatrina (Leafy Loop), Durrow – hedge trimming and general trail maintenance – 2,000

Lacca – minor trail maintenance – 2,500

Monicknew – new sign, picket fence required – 6,000

Oughaval – pedestrian loop maintenance, fences and maintenance of wooden furniture – 6,000

Sheffield Forest – maintenance of footpaths – 2,500

Slieve Bloom Way, Rosenallis – maintenance of footpaths and upgrade of markers – 3,000

The Cut – car park and fence maintenance – 4,000

The Derries (Lake Rathadaire promenade) – hedge trimming and trail maintenance – 2,000

Togher – path maintenance and hedge trimming – 2,000

Minister Pippa Hackett welcomed the funding.

‘Many of us will recognize the forests that are being targeted for funding today, places like Castletown in Kinnitty, Carn Park along Westmeath Way and in my own locality Garryhinch,’ she said.

“We appreciate these trails, but shouldn’t take them for granted and today’s funding will help with necessary maintenance, allowing us to continue to enjoy the outdoors safely.”

“This investment is a partnership between the Department of Rural and Community Development and Coillte, under my own responsibility, and will further enhance the great outdoor convenience that Coillte continues to provide – for the benefit of Midlands residents and across every day of the year,” said Minister Hackett.