Funding of over €140,000 awarded to forest parks and walking trails in Mayo

Funding of over €140,000 awarded to forest parks and walking trails in Mayo


A Mayo TD has welcomed funding of €142,848 to 14 forest parks, walking trails and outdoor amenities in Mayo.

Deputy Alan Dillon said he was delighted that significant funding has been allocated by the Department for Rural and Community Development as part of the implementation of ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors, the National Recreation Strategy 2023 to 2027’.

Nationally a total of €3m will be used to develop and upgrade over 300 forest parks, walking trails and outdoor amenities while €2m will be invested in improving and maintaining 280 recreational facilities on Coillte-owned lands across the country.

A further €1m will be used to deliver 25 new outdoor projects such as walking trails, loops, boardwalks, ecotrails and carpark facilities.

Deputy Dillon said two new capital projects in Mayo have received funding. “A total of €34,560 has been awarded to complete a 500m link trail to complete a loop in a very popular walking area in Glenamoy. Another project at Barraglanna, which is to the rear of Croagh Patrick in Murrisk will also receive €34,560 for a significant upgrade to a more durable surface which is required on the 400m section of the Western Way.”

Deputy Dillon said he was also delighted that further funding was granted for maintenance works to 14 Coillte-owned projects in Mayo. “These include Belleek Woods in Ballina which has been named in the top ten most visited Coillte sites in Ireland. Coming in tenth place, Belleek Woods had 81,415 visitors last year. Other projects to receive funding include Castlemagarrett in Claremorris, Knockranny in Westport and Tourmakeady woods.”


The Mayo projects to receive funding are:

Mayo Belleek wood General maintenance, dangerous trees, blowing leaves etc. €5,760
Mayo Blanemore/ Tawnywaddyduff General maintenance. €2,304
Mayo Brackloon wood No parking signage and directional signage. €2,304
Mayo Castlemagarrett (Claremorris) Rhodo control; general maintenance €11,520
Mayo Clydagh Bridge General maintenance €2,304
Mayo Drummin Strimming of paths; general maintenance €2,304
Mayo Knockranny (Westport) Dangerous trees to be removed €3,456
Mayo Nephin more (Lahardane) Wet section of walking trail to be resurfacing €11,520
Mayo Raheens Resurfacing paths €11,520
Mayo Sheskin Signage, Markers, trailheads replacement €6,912
Mayo Tawnyard Repair surface in sections throughout €2,304
Mayo Tourmakeady Rhododendron control and path upgrade works €11,520


Deputy Dillon said: “Mayo’s outdoor facilities, including our forest parks, walking and cycling trails, are among the best in the world. The benefits that they provide in terms of our physical and mental wellbeing are huge. They are also such important assets in terms of attracting tourists to Rural Ireland and supporting our local economies.

‘Coillte have an open forest policy and are proud to support local businesses such as café operators, bike hire providers and others who make visits to our local forests enjoyable for our visitors.”