Funding of over €1.3 million has been allocated to the Northern Sound region for outdoor adventure projects.
It's part of a €15.5 million spend announced nationally by the Rural and Community Development Minister, Heather Humphreys, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and will see the development of forest trails, walkways, greenways, and other outdoor amenities.
Cavan is receiving €784,000 in grant aid, with €451,000 going to developments at the Dun a Ri Forest Park in Kingscourt.
Projects in Monaghan are getting over €520,000, with €139,490 going to the upgrade and enhancement of the Monaghan Way from Castleblayney to Inniskeen.
Details on all the other successful projects in the region can be viewed below:
- Dún a Rí Forest Park: €451,292 for the enhancement of the off-road access from Kingscourt to Dún a Rí Forest Park and the development of a natural woodland play area in the park.
- Ballyhaise River and Forest Trail: €200,000 for the development of a 6km looped trail, from Ballyhaise House, along the river Annalee, past Oakwood Forest and through the village of Ballyhaise.
- Castle Lake Demesne Enhancements: €101,732 to improve access, parking, trails and the overall visitor experience at the Castle Lake Forest.
- Crover Lakeshore Development: €31,500 to engage a landscape architect design team to develop a vision for the scenic lakeside site.
The overall investment in Cavan is €784,524.
- Dartrey Forest – Rockcorry/Cootehill: €200,000 investment to improve the forest trail, including picnic spaces, access to the boardwalk and a pedestrian link from Rockcorry.
- Monaghan Way: €139,490 for the upgrade and enhancement of the Monaghan Way from Castleblayney to Inniskeen.
- Lough Major: €135,911 for the provision of a beach area for Lough Major, including a boat slipway and further improvements
- Ballybay to Castleblayney Greenway Project Development: €49,950 to plan and design a greenway link between Ballybay, Doohamlet and Castleblayney.
The overall investment in Monaghan is €525,351.