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  • Pippa Hackett

Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors


With Donnie Molloy, Volunteer from Derryounce Lakes and Trails

I welcome today’s launch of Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors – the new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy by my Government colleague Minister Heather Humphreys. While I believe interest in outdoor recreation was accelerated by pandemic restrictions, I also believe we have a growing appreciation that getting out of doors and being active is an important foil to our busy indoor lives. Outdoor activity can be low cost and local.


In my constituency, I am delighted to see that today funding is announced to provide a link to Derryounce trail from both Laois and Offaly. This wonderful amenity is going from strength to strength: Very well done to the hard working people of Derryounce Lakes and Trails for this investment of €174,000 in expanding the trails. And in Laois, €191,728 has been awarded for the development of a floating pontoon and access at Castle Durrow Demesne, a foot bridge on the River Goul at its confluence with the River Erkina, carpark and access at the Woodenbridge and access steps at Boston Bridge. The Erkina Blueway offers a wonderful opportunity for slow tourism in Laois and this funding is another fantastic boost for the town of Durrow and its wider community.


Pictured at Erkina River in Durrow, Co. Laois

For more information please see https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/c267d-our-rural-future-minister-humphreys-launches-embracing-irelands-outdoors/




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