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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Rural and Community Development that total funding of €85,626 is to be allocated between three outdoor recreation projects in East Cork.

The funding has been made available to Cork County Council and SECAD Partnership by the Department under Measure 1 of the latest round of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS). Measure 1 allocations of up to a maximum of €30,000 and to be delivered by September 2025, are designed for the enhancement of outdoor amenities such as local walkways and cycleways around rivers, lakes and beaches.

The three local projects approved under the latest funding tranche are:

Lead Partner – Project Description – Funding allocation

  • Cork County Council – Enhancement works on the Rostellan to Aghada walk – €30,000
  • SECAD Partnership – Improvement works to walking trails around the Knockadoon Peninsula – €28,350
  • SECAD Partnership – Keep Moving in Nature: Explore coastal, river and wood trails in the Ring of Cork; promote outdoor recreation trails in East Cork and Cork Harbour through a printed guide and associated PR campaign to encourage domestic tourism – €27,276

Speaking after the funding was announced, David Stanton said: “I am delighted to see that East Cork continues to receive considerable funding under measure 1 of the ORIS, which is pivotal in allowing Cork County Council and SECAD to progress recreational amenities at popular local sites.

“We are very familiar with the popularity of both the People’s Path from Rostellan to Aghada and the Knockadoon Cliff Walk, which will only get busier as the weather begins to improve, and funding to further promote these local amenities and increase domestic tourism in East Cork is also particularly welcome.   

“Additional successful project allocations under measures 2 and 3 of the ORIS are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks”, concluded David Stanton.