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Official Opening of Boyne Greenway Cycleway - Meath County Council celebrated the official opening of Phase 1 of the Boyne Greenway on Wednesday 7th May

Date Released: 14 May 2014

Meath County Council celebrated the official opening of Phase 1 of the Boyne Greenway on Wednesday 7th May in the presence of Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. John V. Farrelly, CountyManager, Jackie Maguire and a number of distinguished guests.

Phase 1 of the Greenway is 1.9km long and Clare Civil Engineering was awarded the €840,000 contract to construct the scheme in 2013. The scheme is a fully segregated walking and cycling facility which utilises sections of boardwalk to create a riverside resource connecting Oldbridge Estate to Drogheda’s town centre, via the existing ramparts.

It was in April 2012, that Meath County Council was successful in securing €500,000 in funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through the National Cycle Network Funding Scheme. This phase of the greenway also represents a significant investment by Meath County Council in recreational cycling and sustainable transport, as the Council is funding the majority of the balance of the monies required for this phase.

Minister Kelly congratulated all concerned with the creation of the greenway “This is a wonderful facility for cyclists and walkers to experience the unique heritage and culture of the BoyneValley. This greenway can be the ‘Best in Ireland’ and can more than add to the wealth of facilities and amenities already in place.” he said.

The Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John V. Farrelly, thanked the all those who have contributed to the scheme’s development “This a great day for tourism in County Meath and marks the official opening of what I hope will be the first phase to create ‘Ireland’s Best Greenway’ along the Boyne Valley, connecting Drogheda, Slane, Navan, Trim, and cycling routes across Meath and the North East Region. This project can be truly described as a world class attraction which will support our Boyne Valley Tourism Strategy, our local and national economy, and provide an unprecedented level of access to the premier heritage attractions in Ireland.”

Work on the project is set to continue and the Council is pleased to announce that that the NTA has allocated €82,000 this year to progress the design and environmental studies for the next phase of the route between Oldbridge Estate and the visitors’ centre at Brú na Bóinne. 

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