Plans to expand Limerick Greenway as visitor numbers rise

Ed and Ciara Ruttle, with their daughters Sienna and Aoisha on the Limerick Greenway.

WITH a 52 per cent increase in visitor numbers from June to October, the Limerick Greenway will benefit from a significant investment in enhanced facilities and services over the coming months.

The Railway Goods Shed at Rathkeale is to be restored to supply services to Greenway users and will form part of a Greenway Hub that will also include upgraded car parking facilities.

Limerick City and County Council has also confirmed that it will start work on a new Greenway car park at Station Road, Newcastle West in early 2023. Architect-led design teams have been appointed to advance the design/master planning on Greenway Hubs at the Ardagh Stationhouse and the Abbeyfeale Railway Goods Shed.

Work has been completed on cattle under and over passes on the section of the Greenway from Abbeyfeale to the Limerick/Kerry border. Additional cattle under and overpasses will be undertaken in the near future.

A 52 per cent increase in visitor numbers this summer has contributed to an overall total of 834, 837 visits to the scenic 40km Greenway since its reopening in July 2021, following a €10 million investment by Limerick City and County Council.

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The rise in numbers has led to an expectation of a steady flow of visitors for the Autumn and Winter months, with a special focus on the upcoming mid-term break.

Mayor Francis Foley said that the Greenway was a great draw for local, national and overseas visitors and he was delighted to see this increase of visits by walkers, runners, cyclists and those of all abilities.

“I am also pleased that planned upgrades are in progress which promise to enhance Limerick Greenway and support the region as a whole,” he added.

Limerick Council Director of Services Gordon Daly said the Greenway continues to strengthen its important position in the regional economy.

“A 52 per cent rise in visitor numbers represents a  great success for th  Greenway in attracting both local visitors and tourists from farther afield and resulting in a great boost for tourism. Visitors over the Autumn and Winter months and during the upcoming mid-term break are sure to enjoy the beautiful landscape and hospitality along Limerick Greenway.

“We look forward to welcoming more families, groups and individuals to our 40km off-road walking and cycling route,”  Mr Daly concluded.