Senator Maura Hopkins has said that the announcement of an additional €2 million for the Rural Walks Scheme is a positive boost for the Beara Breifne Way, walking/cycling route from Co. Cork to Co. Cavan through east Galway and Roscommon which is fantastic new tourism product for this region.

 “I have been working very closely with Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. and his officials on this project, Cllr. Michael Creaton along with many community activists over the past number of years. Minister Ring made €986,692 in funding available for the project earlier this year, which was supported by the Heritage Council. This announcement in Budget 2019 provides a further €2 million for the Walks Scheme, which doubles the total funding available to €4 million.”

“The Beara Breifne Way runs 500km from the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork to Blacklion in Co. Cavan. The project involved over 60 community groups across 12 walking trails in Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Cavan. The Beara Breifne Way project is the largest community based project ever undertaken in Ireland.”

“The cycling and walking trail is based on the historic march of O’Sullivan Beara in 1603 and links communities from Cork right through to Cavan. Once completed, the Breifne Way could be described as an Irish version of the Camino.”

“Locally, the route links the Miners Way near Arigna, the Hymany Way in Galway and the Suck Valley Way in Roscommon. The route showcases the great diversity in the Irish landscape with rugged coastlines, bogs, woodlands, riverbanks, rolling farmland and picturesque villages.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “Work is ongoing at present to progress the walkway in Co. Roscommon. I will be working closely with Minister Ring to ensure that the Beara Breifne Way can benefit fully from this additional funding to support landowners in this region.”