Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, a keen cyclist, pictured cycling at Kilmorna on the Kerry / Limerick border when he announced funding for €6.5m for the Kilmorna to Listowel and Tralee to Fenit Greenways. When completed it will create over 90km Greenway of international significance. Also in photo are from left, Cllr Mike Kennelly, Cllr. Mike Foley with Greenway Advocates Tim O’Leary and James Kenny. Photo: Don MacMonagle.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, this week announced funding of €6.5m for the Kilmorna to Listowel and Tralee to Fenit Greenways.
Minister Griffin said – “I’m particularly pleased to see the strategic nature of our investment today, extending the Great Southern Greenway in County Kerry. These projects have long been awaited and will be a great boost to the communities affected and to the County as a whole. The stretch from Listowel to the Limerick County Border will create over 50km of Greenway. The work from Tralee to Fenit will put in place a further section of the Greenway and I look forward to Kerry County Council progressing its plans for the Tralee to Listowel section in the near future. This will create an over 90km Greenway of international significance. We have seen the benefits that the Waterford and Great Western Greenways have brought to towns like Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Newport, we want to see that type of benefit accruing to towns like Listowel and the other towns and villages in Kerry”.
He continued – “This announcement gives a clear statement of intent with regard to activity tourism, which is such a key part of Kerry tourism. The investment is part of Project Ireland 2040 which is the Government’s overarching strategy to make Ireland a better place for all its people.”
The funding announced today is for shovel ready projects only and some funding has been held in reserve for projects currently coming through the planning process.