DLDC supports Forbairt Na Rossan’s Walks Project in Dungloe.
The official launch of the extension to the Dungloe River walk took place on Friday 28th February following the recent confirmation of a LEADER grant totalling €44,850 provided by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) through its LEADER programme.
Seán Boner, chairman of Forbairt na Rosann, the local development group for Dungloe who were awarded the grant, said: ‘We are delighted that the Dungloe River Walk is to be extended and are very grateful for the support received from Donegal Local Development Company. Walking has become a very important activity in recent years, offering as it does great benefits towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as being a highly enjoyable leisure pursuit”. He went on to say,
“Ionad Teampall Chróine has organised the May Walking Weekend on the May Bank Holiday in Dungloe for the last three years. This has proved to be very successful. The existing walk is used by local people and visitors alike from early morning to late in the evening, keen anglers can be seen along the riverbank and there is plenty of wildlife, deer and birds for example, to be seen along the walk. This new extension will more than double the length of the walk and brings walkers through very attractive scenery to the edge of Dungloe Lake and Lough Fháda. I am sure it will prove to be very popular walk indeed.”
He also wished to acknowledge the financial assistance from Dungloe Tidy Towns, the Rosses Credit Union and of course we thank Pat the Cope Gallagher M.E.P. who has generously made the land available for both the current walk and the new extension’
Also speaking at the launch Jim Slevin, Chairman of at Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. said: “As a Board, we were very pleased to support Forbairt na Rossan’s both through the approval of the Capital grant for the works, and also being able to assist the committee through the various stages of planning the walk with assistance from DLDC’s Rural Recreation Officer. “The walks development here is not just about extending the walk, but also strengthening community relations and in particular, the promotion of outdoor pursuits at local level”.
The aim of the LEADER Programme is to encourage rural communities to plan for their long term sustainability and this Project is an excellent example of this type of community initiative in action. “This has been a fantastic project which has the potential to deliver long-lasting outcomes for the local communities in Dungloe and indeed the wider areas.
Pat the Cope Gallagher speaking at the launch remarked that he was delighted to be in the position again to help the committee in providing the land for the walk for the new walk as he did with the initial phase.
Donegal Local Development Company through the Leader Programme contributed funding of €44,850 with Forbairt Na Rossan Teo and Dungloe Tidy Towns providing €19,277.50 in match funding towards this project.
The official launch with MEP Pat the Cope turning the sod of the new walk in Dungloe.
(L – R): James McClean, DLDC Board Director, Mary Joe Murrin, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher, MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher, Landowner, Frank Kelly, DLDC, Jim Slevin, DLDC Chairman, Inga Bock, DLDC, Charlie Duggan, Contractor, Joseph McMenamin, Contractor, Seán Gallagher, DLDC.