Future is golden for Limerick greenway after €13.5million funding nod

Limerick Greenway. Photo: Brian Arthur

OVER €13million has been awarded to Limerick City and County Council to enhance the tourism offering of two key local tourist attractions, the Limerick Greenway and Fullers Folley Newcastle West.

€13.5million was awarded to the council for two separate projects in County Limerick, with €9.6million being allocated to enhance the Limerick Greenway.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys made the announcement which will see Limerick given an economic boost from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), facilitating the creation of four mini destinations created at the Greenway hubs in Ardagh, Barnagh, Newcastle West, and Abbeyfeale.

Each hub will have its own visitor experience and facilities, aiming to attract a broader audience locally and further afield.

Separately, €3.9million in RRDF funding was allocated to the council for the development of Fullers Folly in Newcastle West.

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The local authority aims to enhance and support the town’s tourism offering, creating a gateway to Desmond Castle through the Fullers Folly site.

Mayor of Limerick councillor Gerald Mitchell said that both projects are “worthy projects, heralding in a new era of tourism development in County Limerick”.

“This investment will enhance the Limerick Greenway experience, drawing visitors from near and far to explore our picturesque landscapes and vibrant communities,” Mayor Mitchell said.

“The funding for the Fullers Folly project in Newcastle West also marks a significant milestone in our efforts to preserve and promote the rich heritage in our county capital.”

Deputy Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council, Gordon Daly, said that the “investment in the Limerick Greenway Hubs Development Project and the refurbishment of Fullers Folly, will not only enhance the tourism infrastructure but create meaningful opportunities for our local communities”.

“These projects will serve as catalysts for economic growth, cultural preservation, and community pride, ensuring that our towns and villages thrive as vibrant destinations for both residents and visitors alike.”