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A further €1.4 million in funding released for the Wild Atlantic Way

This €10 million project will see tourist attractions developed along the west coast of Ireland.

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A FURTHER €1.4 million in funding has been announced for the recently developed Wild Atlantic Way.

When finished, this long-distance tour route is intended to act as a key tourist attraction for the west of Ireland.

The 2,500km route will encompass 159 different attractions.

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has called it a “game-changer for the west”.

He said this new funding “will make the route even more tempting and ensures that we develop its full potential to deliver and hold onto the greatest number of tourists”.

This funding will be focused on three projects in Mayo, Galway, and Cork.

More than €400,000 will see a walking and cycling trail known as the Galway Greenway completed.

When finished, the trail will contribute more than 78km to the National Cycle Network.

A visitor centre, built around a blowhole, will be developed at Downpatrick Head in Mayo using €640,000.

Close to €370,00 has been designated for the restoration of the Signal Tower at the Old Head of Kinsale in Cork.

This become a “Panoramic Viewing Point” for the area.

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