Press Release: 4th March 2021

 Minister of State and Fianna Fáil TD, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the announcement that €200,000 has been allocated for upgrade works along The Walks in Loughrea.

The project is one of 38 projects being funded under Measure 2 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme provides funding for the development, promotion and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways, and blueways.

Minister Rabbitte commented:

The €200,000 funding has been allocated for the continued regeneration of The Walks, specifically three sections from the river bend to the bank will be repaired and restored.

The Walks are a hidden gem in Loughrea, right in the town centre. This will be a major boost for locals and tourists and will help the continued rejuvenation of Loughrea. This investment builds on the local fundraising that has taken place over the past two years and is in recognition of the hard work of the local committee.

I’ve met with a number of the people pushing to get this work over the line, including former Town Councillor Mary Nix, as well as Councillors Mogie Maher and Shane Curley. We need to ensure that such investment continues, allowing our town and villages to develop and prosper, opening up the hidden outdoor beauty across Galway.

Minister Rabbitte concluded:

I think in the context of Covid and restricted movements, many of us have relearned the importance of being able to go outdoors and outdoor recreation facilities such as The Walks will play an important part in supporting Ireland’s social and economic recovery as restrictions are relaxed and the tourism sector re-opens.