South Tipperary is in the pipeline for a major tourism boost with the signing of a contract for a new cycle greenway linking Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir.
The Co. Council signed the contract with Stephen Byrne, Plant Hire and Civil Engineering Contractor on Monday for the development of the “Clonmel to Carrick- on-Suir Greenway.”
A similar project in Mayo called the Great Western Greenway attracts over 300 cyclists every day, and has proven to be a major draw for tourists from all over the world, spending money in pubs, restaurants & cafés along the way. The Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir Greenway will cost €1.9m, and involves the construction of a walking and cycling route running along the northern bank of the River Suir for a length of 19km, from Mulcahy Park in Clonmel to Sean Healy Park, Carrick-on-Suir.
The route of the Greenway largely follows the original River Suir towpath. The “Greenway” will have a hard surface (minimum width 1.5m) with grass margin on each side (1m side to river side and 0.3m width to north side) where spaces allows. The overall width of the greenway will be three meters. The running/cycling surface will vary between bitumonus macadam, grasscrete and reinforces grass depending on the particular location and environmental sensitivity. In some sections hard surfacing exists already and no alternations are proposed. In other sections existing hard surfacing is to be widened.