Waterford handed tourism boost with €175,000 funding announcement

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Waterford TD John Halligan has welcomed almost €175,000 in funding for the county under Measure 2 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The recently re-opened Minaun & Whortle Walk at Waterford Estuary has been awarded €81,760 to upgrade the route and link the two walkways from Passage East and Cheekpoint; Tramore Nature Park has been awarded €64,900 to develop its walkway and birdwatching facilities; and Nire Valley Walks at Ballymacarbry, Co Waterford has been awarded a further €27,503 for a walkway upgrade.

"Great credit must go to the local communities around Cheekpoint, Passage East and Crooke for their hard work and dedication in reinstating the Whortle Walk; and in Tramore for working to develop the reclaimed wetlands, which are a special area of conservation," Halligan said.

"Their efforts will significantly enhance facilities for the benefit of their communities and also attract visitors and boost Waterford’s recreational tourism offering. There was a huge level of interest across the country in this funding scheme and I am delighted that resources are to be provided to three such worthwhile local projects."