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Press Release

Minister Ring opens the Drumlish to Monaduff Walkway in Co. Longford

Published: 5 March 2020
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development , today (Thursday 5 March) officially opened the Drumlish to Monaduff Walkway in Co. Longford supported by his Department under the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS).

Speaking at the opening, Minister Ring said:

“The ORIS programme was launched in 2017 and over €44 million has been invested in outdoor recreational projects like this one, supporting over 600 projects around the country. Of this, Longford has been allocated over €2.5 million.
“This excellent amenity was made possible with funding of €200,000 under the 2018 ORIS programme. A word of thanks must also go to the landowners who gave the use of their land to facilitate this walkway and the local community for their vision for Monaduff, Drumlish and their surrounds. Community spirit is clearly alive and well here in Longford.”


Notes for editors:

The 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding under three separate Measures to support countryside recreation:

  • Measure 1: Small scale maintenance, promotion and marketing (maximum grant €20,000)
  • Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and new trail and amenity development (maximum grant €200,000)
  • Measure 3: Large scale repair/upgrade and new strategic trail development (up to €500,000).

Project applications are submitted from Local Authorities in collaboration with Local Development Companies and other local bodies/communities.

The Department of Rural and Community Development provides funding of up to 80% of the approved costs with the additional 20% to be provided from other sources including Local Authority funds.

The ORIS programme was launched in 2017 and over €44m has been invested in over 600 outdoor recreation projects. County Longford has been allocated over €2.5m.

In addition to the ORIS funding, Drumlish has been approved for funding of €21,040 under the 2019 Town and Village regeneration scheme.

In 2019, over €10.2m has been approved for 153 projects. Co. Longford has been approved for 7 projects (see table below)

ORIS 2019 funding for Co Longford

    County Project Amount Allocated
    Longford Newcastle Woods Walk €19,393.38
    Longford Royal Canal Upgrade €19,945.60
    Longford The Mall Walk €19,820.29
    Longford Mosstown Mill €20,000.00
    Longford Ballinalee Forest Walk €19,838.00
    Longford Knappogue Bog Walk €168,039.48
    Longford Mid Shannon Wilderness Park €482,805.94
    Total €749,842.69