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Offaly Receives Over €700,000 In Rural Development Funding

It comes under the "Our Rural Future" Project.

Over €700,000 has been allocated to rural development projects in Offaly.

The Edenderry Regeneration Project received an investment of over €522,000 under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. This will help unlock a large development site in the centre of the town and provide improved access under phase one of the project's strategy.

€152,000 was used to enhance the Derryounce Lakes and Trails in Portarlington. A further €50,000 has been allocated to create a ten year development plan for the area.

On top of the funds for the county, the Kinnitty Trail Head Building and the Slieve Bloom Mountain Biking Trail were opened.

The Kinnitty Trail Head Building is a community led project that involves the refurbishment of Kinnitty Parish Hall into a multipurpose space that can be used by the community and by tourists visiting Kinnitty.

This building will also provide much needed toilet and shower facilities for visiting bikers.

Speaking on the importance of adventure tourism, Minister Heather Humphreys says, "The last two years have shown us how vital our outdoor amenities are for our mental and physical wellbeing. Investing in our natural amenities to benefit the health and wellbeing of our communities and to support the growth in local and international adventure tourism is a key goal of the Government’s rural policy, Our Rural Future."

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