New West Cork walkway provides safe place to exercise

The walkway is the first phase of the development for St Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association with lighting and further additions to follow.
New West Cork walkway provides safe place to exercise

For county edition July 26 for story Sean O'Riordan doing. NEWS 16/7/2022 Pictured at the officiall launch of the Ballineen and Enniskeane community walkway at St Mary's GAA complex was County Mayor Danny Collins cutting the ribbon with the help of local children. Picture Denis Boyle

A new walkway in West Cork was opened this week by the Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Danny Collins.

Cllr Collins officially opened the Ballineen and Enniskeane Community Walkway in a collaboration between St Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association.

The walkway, which starts at the Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association Centre and runs along the pitches to the River Bandon, provides a safe place to walk or run within the village and away from traffic.

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins has officially opened the Ballineen and Enniskeane Community Walkway in a collaboration between St Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association (BEDA).
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins has officially opened the Ballineen and Enniskeane Community Walkway in a collaboration between St Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association (BEDA).

The development benefited from €26,000 in LEADER funding which is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership CLG worked with the two organisations and delivered the project in partnership with Cork County Council’s West Cork Local Community Development Committee.

Cllr Danny Collins, cut the ribbon on the new amenity and said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved by local groups working together.

“Both St Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association recognised the value of having a dedicated walkway and embarked upon a project to create a truly inclusive amenity. 

"It is suitable for all, from pushing a buggy, training for a run, or just out for a short stroll. I’m thrilled to see that the walkway is being so widely used by people of all ages.

“It adds to the green infrastructure of the twin villages, taking people out of their cars and giving a new opportunity for outdoor recreation.”

For county edition July 26 for story Sean O'Riordan doing. NEWS 16/7/2022 Pictured at the officiall launch of the Ballineen and Enniskeane community walkway at St Mary's GAA complex were members of the local walking group with County mayor Danny Collins who launched the walkway. Picture Denis Boyle
For county edition July 26 for story Sean O'Riordan doing. NEWS 16/7/2022 Pictured at the officiall launch of the Ballineen and Enniskeane community walkway at St Mary's GAA complex were members of the local walking group with County mayor Danny Collins who launched the walkway. Picture Denis Boyle

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey added: “Cork County Council recognises that funding community amenities such as this walkway plays a very important role in community development. The LEADER programme supports rural development projects at local level aimed at revitalising rural areas. This project is another great example of the role of LEADER in improving the daily lives of everyone in such areas and will also have a health benefit to the community at large.”

The walkway is the first phase of the development for St Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Association with lighting and further additions to follow.

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