The 5.5km Ballyconnell to Bellaheady Leisure Path, a partnership enterprise between Cavan County Council and Waterways Eire, was formally opened on Friday, March 25 by Minister for Rural and Group Improvement, Heather Humphreys TD, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council Councillor Clifford Kelly, and Chief Government Officer of Waterways Eire, John McDonagh.
The mission, which can finally type a part of a broader 54km greenway alongside the outdated Cavan to Leitrim Railway line, obtained €684,289 in funding from the Division of Rural and Group Improvement beneath the Out of doors Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. Extra match funding was supplied by Cavan County Council and Waterways Eire.
The brand new 5.5km path hyperlinks Ballyconnell and Bellaheady, alongside the scenic banks of the Woodford River on the Shannon Erne Waterway. The path additionally offers connectivity to the prevailing Woodford Village Stroll, a key amenity within the UNESCO Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark.
Formally opening the brand new path, Minister for Rural and Group Improvement, Heather Humphreys TD stated, “Tasks like this leisure path are usually not simply locations the place we are able to go for a stroll, a run or a cycle. They’re locations the place we are able to come collectively as household and pals, to benefit from the stunning outdoor, and the place higher to do that than in Ballyconnell which is within the coronary heart of the Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO International Geopark in Eire’s Hidden Heartlands.”
Chief Government of Waterways Eire, Mr John McDonagh stated, “The leisure path will present an exquisite expertise for native folks, exercise golf equipment, social and youth teams to get pleasure from. We stay up for working with Cavan County Council to ship future tasks alongside the Shannon-Erne to boost the leisure alternatives for native folks”.
Paddy Connaughton, stated, “Working alongside our companions in Leitrim County Council and Waterways Eire, we now have made nice progress in realising our strategic purpose of growing the Cavan Leitrim Railway Greenway.
“Important strides have additionally been made on the Western finish of the proposed greenway, which can finally hyperlink Dromod in Leitrim with Belturbet in Cavan through Mohill, offering a world-class well being and recreation amenity alongside the historic outdated slim gauge railway line.”