Minister Heather Humphreys visited Kilbeggan final Friday to formally open the Kilbeggan Grand Canal Greenway Hyperlink.
Talking on the launch, Minister Humphreys paid tribute to Westmeath County Council, Waterways Eire, Renew Kilbeggan Harbour Committee and the Rahugh Corridor Growth Affiliation, for his or her efforts in bringing the mission to fruition.
“All of us noticed that out of doors recreation throughout Covid was an absolute godsend to us all. Many people didn’t realise we’ve such great facilities on our doorstep,” she mentioned.
“I wish to see us proceed to work with native authorities and neighborhood teams to approve facilities. This greenway is a good instance of that. What you might have performed is flip an previous disused space into an amenity that’s match for twenty first century use.”
Senator Paul Daly instructed the Westmeath Examiner that as somebody who’s “Kilbeggan born and bred”, he’s delighted that the village now has a hyperlink to the Grand Canal Greenway and that it’s going to quickly be a key hub on Eire’s greenways community, which ought to appeal to extra guests.
“It’s simply one other piece in a much bigger jigsaw of incredible facilities and amenities for our neighborhood,” he mentioned.
The off street amenity, which hyperlinks Kilbeggan to Ballycommon, has confirmed very talked-about with younger and previous through the pandemic.
Minister of State Peter Burke, who attended the official opening, mentioned that communities throughout Eire have an enhanced appreciation for out of doors facilities.
“It’s incredible to see the funding proceed to be made in Rural Eire and to have a particular Minister for Rural and Group Growth in place who understands the necessity for balanced improvement and amenities for many who stay in rural areas. We’ve seen the significance of our out of doors facilities throughout COVID 19, so extra amenities resembling that is cash properly spent and I do know is utilised broadly by the neighborhood in Kilbeggan.”