Major funding boost for Lough Derg amenities

A total of €330,000 in funding has been announced for tourism development around Lough Derg. The money was announced by the Minster for the Envrionment, Community & Local Goverment, Alan Kelly, under the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group.

A total of €330,000 in funding has been announced for tourism development around Lough Derg. The money was announced by the Minster for the Envrionment, Community & Local Goverment, Alan Kelly, under the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group.

“I am delighted to annouce that funding has been allocated to a number of projects under the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group. I am particularly happy with this, as I made sure that the strategy was launched and I announced €2m for it in May this year”.

The largest amount of €110,000 has been allocated to improving Dromineer lakeside amenity area which requires improvements to road surfaces for parking and walking.

A sum of €87,000 has been allocated to Ballina Lakeside Park and Ballina bridge / amenity walkway. The park on the banks of the River Shannon is used by visitors and locals and its toilet block and shower facility requires a swipe card system to allow services to be used out of hours by lake users.

The car park needs resurfacing to improve access to the slipway and playground, while investigative works to develop the amenity walkway will take place in 2014.

Castlelough Amenity Park is to get €85,000. Castlelough is identified as a Category B site for improvement works under the Roadmap for Lough Derg. A popular destination with lakeshore access, works are required to finish out the playground at the site.

A total of €25,000 has been allocated for surfacing at the car park and walkway at the Millennium Cross. Improvement works are required at the car park, while the walking surface needs to be work to improve access along the Lough Derg Way from the Millennium Cross to Tountinna. An interpretive panel will also be installed.

Tountinna Amenity Area is to receive €12,500. Tountinna is the highest point on the Arra Mountains forming part of the Lough Derg Way and gives panoramic views across Lough Derg and surrounding countryside. The summit will benefit from additional furniture, an interpretive panel and improvements to the walking surface along the route towards the Graves of the Leinstermen. The access road at the summit also requires resurfacing / repair works.

A total of €11,230 has been allocated to Discovery Point and Trailhead Design at The Lookout, Portroe. This will allow final designs for a discovery point and trailhead at The Lookout and will eventually develop the site into tourist attraction for the Lakelands Lough Derg region.

“This is very positive news for these villages,” said Minister Kelly.