The Lough Derg Greenway is a proposed 24-kilometre long walking and cycling path that would connect Ballina and Dromineer in Co. Tipperary. In addition to connecting the towns themselves and their associated attractions, it is envisaged that the greenway would improve accessibility to other local attractions in the area, which, depending on the selection of the preferred route, may include, the Graves of the Leinstermen, the Millenium Cross, The Lookout, Castlelough Fortified House, public park and forest, Garykennedy Harbour and Youghal Quay. It is also envisaged that this greenway would ultimately form part of the proposed national cycle network, which would link it with the major towns and cities in Ireland through a dedicated network of greenways.
Our Vision Statement:
The vision for the Lough Derg Greenway is to create a walking and cycling path adjacent to or overlooking Lough Derg that provides for a world class recreational experience for people of all ages and abilities that will serve the local community and attract tourism to the region. The greenway will be developed in accordance with the Code of Best Practice for National and Regional Greenways and will seek to integrate with and enhance the existing natural and built features of the region in cooperation with the communities which it passes through. The Code of Best Practice for National and Regional Greenways can be downloaded here. Information on Greenway Sustainability Payments can be found here.
Project Development Process:
The development of a project of this nature involves several stages which include Phase 1: Concept and Feasibility, Phase 2: Options Selection, Phase 3: Design and Environmental Evaluation, Phase 4: Statutory Process, Phase 5: Enabling and Procurement and Phase 6: Construction. Phase 1 involved the development of the Study Area, Public Consultation in respect of the Study Area and the preparation of a Feasibility Report which can be downloaded here. The current stage of this project is Phase 2: Options Selection.
- Current Phase: A feasibility report has now been developed which considers the rationale for the project along with engineering and environmental constraints within the Study Area. Route options have now developed, which take account of project objectives and known constraints. These route options are shown on drawings which can be downloaded here. Options developed will be compared to one another in accordance with the Code of Best Practice for National and Regional Greenways prior to the selection of a Preferred Option. Following the selection of a Preferred Option, a further round of public consultation will be held.
Following the recent Public Consultation in respect of Route Options for the Lough Derg Greenway, submissions from the public and interested bodies are currently being reviewed. The route options presented at public consultation will be assessed in consideration of these submissions and in line with the Code of Best Practice for National and Regional Greenways. The selection of the Preferred Route Corridor for the overall Greenway may comprise of a combination of any route options presented.
A further public consultation will be held once a preferred route has been selected and potentially impacted landowners have been contacted.
Route Corridor Options
Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your recent submission in respect of the public consultation for the Lough Derg Greenway Project. All responses received as part of the recent public consultation on the project have now been reviewed. The scoring and reporting exercises associated with the Options Selection phase of