Kilkenny Greenway gets massive €8m funding boost
By COLIN BARTLEY
A NEW 24km-long Kilkenny greenway that is set to transform the south of the county has received a massive €8 million funding boost.
The Kilkenny Greenway, which runs along a disused rail-line, will connect Ferrybank in Waterford to New Ross in Wexford, with the vast majority of the route traversing through south Kilkenny.
Transport Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State Brendan Griffin announced the funding for the game-changing tourism initiative at the launch of Bike Week 2019 yesterday.
Minister Ross said: “We have seen the benefits that the Waterford and Great Western Greenways have brought to towns like Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Newport.
“We want to see that type of benefit accruing to towns like Listowel, New Ross, Blessington and all the other towns and villages on the Greenways that we are providing funding to today.”
The Kilkenny Greenway received the maximum funding of €8 million under Project Ireland 2040, through the Department of Transport. Nine other projects also received funding from the €40 million pot, ranging from over €1 million up to €8 million.