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€15.5 million in funding to develop 84 outdoor adventure projects across Ireland

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Including 4 projects in Waterford

  • Waterford allocated €562,141

  • Major investment in our mountain and forest walks, cliffways, beaches, bogs, lakes, rivers and Greenways

  • Focus on developing adventure tourism activities such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling

  • New strand of funding to support projects at an early stage of delivery

  • Funding being rolled out in partnership with Fáilte Ireland

Fine Gael Senator for Waterford, John Cummins, has this afternoon welcomed the announcement of €562,141 invest in Waterford projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS). Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced the projects that have been successful in receiving funding, where a total of €15.5 million will be spent across the country for 84 outdoor adventure projects.

The Waterford projects that have been successful under the scheme are:

The Copper Coast Walking Trail, Bunmahon to Stradbally


Kilmacthomas River Walk Enhancement Works


Waterford Trails and Outdoor Amenities: Visitor and Footfall Counting Project


Development of Crough Wood Trailhead, Amenities and Car Park, Mahon Bridge


Welcoming the announcement Senator Cummins said “ I am delighted to see Waterford receive funding for 4 projects under the Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme today. These projects will not only be fantastic for Waterford people to explore our beautiful walks, rivers, and mountains, but will be transformative for the local communities in terms of greater exposure and tourism opportunities.”

“I am particularly delighted to see the Copper Coast Walking Trail from Bunmahon to Stradbally included to receive funding today. This project is currently under development and I have spoken directly to Ministers Humphries about the potential the Copper Coast has for Waterford and Ireland.”

The investment – a key part of Our Rural Future – will support rural economies and make Rural Ireland a more attractive destination for adventure tourism.

Today’s announcement brings the total investment under Our Rural Future announced this year under the scheme this to almost €35 million.

Speaking at the announcement of the funding today, Minister Heather Humphries said “the 84 projects that we are investing in today will benefit people of all ages and abilities for generations to come, “this unprecedented investment will also help further our ambition to support our rural economies and make Rural Ireland a destination of choice for adventure tourism.

“Outdoor pursuits have become an even bigger part of all of our lives over the past two years. “Through this Fund, we are developing and enhancing the fantastic natural amenities in our rural communities so more and more people can access and enjoy them.”

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