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Published: 23 July 2019
From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

The Greenways Strategy - Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways - was launched on 20th July 2018.

This is a long term Strategy with the aim of increasing the number, length and regional spread of greenways across the country. It sets out guidance to project promoters on matters including strategic nature, length, design standards, accommodation works and early consultation with communities and land owners along proposed routes. The Strategy sets out the general high-level criteria of what we think makes for a good Greenway, one that is Scenic, provides access to things to See and Do, is Sustainable, Substantially Segregated and Shared Use, and or Strategic. This is based on both Fáilte Ireland research and experience on the ground of what has and has not worked with regard to previous investment.

Further information on the Greenways Strategy is also available at the following links:

Greenways Strategy Outline Funding Criteria

Greenways and Cycle Routes Ancillary Infrastructure Guidelines

Great Outdoors: A Guide for Accessibility

Greenway Design and Brand Guidelines

TII Standard

On Friday 21st June 2019, Minister Shane Ross TD and Minister of State Brendan Griffin TD announced the award of funding for 10 Greenway projects around the country under Project Ireland 2040.

    Project Amount €million Lead Promoter Additional Information
    Midleton-Youghal €8.0m Cork County Council 23km of Greenway linking Midelton to Youghal along the old railway line
    Connemara Greenway €2.6m Galway County Council Completion of sections from Clifden to Recess will provide a 21km route Part of the proposed Galway – Clifden Greenway
    Tralee - Fenit €3m Kerry County Council Start of Southern End of Great Southern Greenway, first stage in linking Fenit to Listowel – 10km
    Listowel – Limerick County Boundary €3.5m Kerry County Council Extension of Great Southern Greenway westwards into Kerry and towards the sea - 10.5km of new Greenway increasing GSG to over 50km
    Clew Bay Greenway €3.2m Mayo County Council Achill Sound and extension to Bunnacurry. Construction of Grade Separated sections from Westport to Murrisk. Will contribute to 56km route
    Waterford Greenway €2.65m Waterford County Council Extension of Waterford Greenway into City – Viking Triangle Extends Greenway to 48km.
    Grand Canal Greenway- Tullamore to Daingean €2.35m Waterways Ireland/Offaly County Council Will complete link from Daingean to Lough Boora – 40km
    Grand canal Greenway -Kildare section as far as Sallins €1.7m Waterways Ireland/Kildare Co Co Aylmer Bridge to Sallins, extends Greenway from Hazelhatch Bridge to Sallins – 13km
    Ferrybank - New Ross €8m Wexford County Council 24km with potential to link to Waterford Greenway in Waterford City
    Blessington Lake Loop €5m Wicklow County Council 42km of Greenway around the Blessington Lakes, incorporating Russborough House and the villages of Valleymount, Ballyknockan and Lacken

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