Minister Martin Heydon TD for Kildare South has welcomed confirmation of funding of €132,390 for 2 South Kildare outdoor projects in Kilcullen and Monasterevin.

“€15.5m in investment for outdoor infrastructure nationwide announced by my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys this morning under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) includes two important Kildare South projects.

“€87,390 has been awarded to Monasterevin towards a pedestrian and cycle link to Moore Abbey Woods from Monasterevin Town.  This funding should allow for the completion of this pathway after stage 1 works were carried out by Coillte earlier this year.  Well done to Monasterevin Tidy Towns and my colleague Cllr Kevin Duffy who have been working on this project for the past year.

“€45,000 has also been provided to progress proposed walking and cycling routes which will link the heritage sites around Old Kilcullen.  This funding will go towards a feasibility study and design work on the proposed routes.  Well done to the local Old Kilcullen Area Community Association for their work in getting the project to this stage and my colleagues Cllrs Ivan Keatley and Tracey O’Dwyer for their assistance.

“Funding for both projects of these projects as part of the Our Rural Future Plan will enhance the walking and cycling experiences on the outskirts of Kilcullen and Monasterevin.  It is a great way to promote and enhance our existing natural resources by making them more accessible and also providing safe outdoor activities for families and individuals living in these areas.