NCN funding 2014


- Estimates of 80 Jobs retained or created

Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has announced the development of a major new and world-class greenway as part of a national €11 million funding for cycling infrastructure.

The centre-piece of the funding will go towards construction of one of the world’s most dramatically scenic greenways – running along an old railway line, over viaducts through mountainous tunnels overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Ring of Kerry.

Minister Kelly has allocated €3.4 million which will go towards construction of 26 kilometres of Greenway from Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen along the old Great Southern Railway making it an exceptional and unique visitor attraction. Minister Kelly predicts this will bring cycling tourists and visitors from all over the world to the Ring of Kerry contributing in the region of 80 jobs between construction and increased visitor numbers.

The Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen greenway will open up the outstanding natural beauty of the coastline between these two towns offering an exceptional and unique visitor attraction in the South West.

“The natural beauty combined with the history of the old railway tunnels and the viaduct will make this one of the most beautiful cycling holiday destinations in the world. We estimate it will bring in the region of 30 jobs during construction and will contribute as much as 70 jobs to the local economy over time. It is hugely positive news and I’m delighted as Minister to be able to do this,” stated Kelly.

“I see many families, guests, adventurers, casual cyclists and all manner of people making use of this greenway. It will be constructed over the next two years and follows our experience of the Great Western Greenway in Mayo. An economic assessment carried out on the Mayo project estimated that about 40 jobs were created, with another 50 retained in the local economy as a result of investing in the greenway. I expect similar progress to happen in Kerry,”

The Ring of Kerry Greenway is one of three projects awarded funding under the Government’s National Cycle Network programme. A further greenway will also be developed in County Waterford, running from Clonea along the coast to Durrow.

The project is being funded as part of the Government’s National Cycle Network. Local authorities submitted 38 applications to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Separately, nine towns will receive investment to improve the cycling infrastructure within their towns. €6.5 million will be allocated across nine towns as part of the Active Travel Town’s programme. The programme is a multi-annual funding support programme to support the strategic development of walking and cycling in towns outside the Greater Dublin Area. This funding will enable the delivery of local cycling and walking strategies, including new cycle-lanes, provision of walkways and behavioural change initiatives in local schools and workplaces to encourage people to switch their transport modes.

Funding under both the Active Travel Towns and National Cycle Network programmes will enhance both the experience and attractiveness of walking and cycling across the country and brings to €25m the investment made by this Government as part of our agreed commitment  to invest €65m  in sustainable transport agenda to 2016.


For further information contact Jim McGrath on 087-2558866


Active Travel Towns 2014-2016


Local Authority



Offaly- Birr

An excellent well thought out application with clear objectives, great community support and awareness. A comprehensive plan to include transport hubs, pedestrian priority streets and a plan to change traffic flow in the main square.


Mayo- Claremorris

Claremorris is taking a two pronged approach with safe routes to schools and traffic calming. This is a good measured proposal which is well though through and contains lots of elements to achieve change.




Clare County Council has already invested in cycle infrastructure themselves. This project builds on that  investment and there has been good preparatory work carried out. Community support is evident.



Cavan- Cavan

Infrastructural projects proposed linking to schools and interlinking with the main spine route through the town which was delivered under ATT 2012/2013. There is evidence of good joined up thinking and well thought-out plans.




This project is a continuation of previous works carried out under the 2012/2013 phase. The infrastructure will link the spine routes to main employment centres schools and leisure centres. Good behavioural changing measures and evaluation methodologies are evident.




This proposals plans for cycle-ways, speed reductions with shared space proposals for Denny Street. Clear targets have been set and methods of evaluation outlined.



North Tipperary-Thurles

This application focuses on the development of on road cycle routes on the radial routes from the town. The application encompasses many of the elements required to achieve Active Travel Town standard.




This proposal includes many elements , including infrastructure and  speed limit reductions with the aim of increasing sustainable transport from along the R730 ( an area with almost complete dependency on car travel) to the town centre. There is evidence of good support from local community and businesses.



South Tipperary-Clonmel

This proposal focuses on plans for town centre, greenway and orbital and radial routes. Good community support is evident.







National Cycle Network 2014/2016



Local authority


Grant funding

Route length





Kerry Co Council

Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen Greenway (Phases 2 and 3). Phase 2: Caherciveen-Golden Mile will run along the disused Great Southern and Western Railway Company's Line.  Phase 3: Golden Mile-Glenbeigh runs along the Ring of Kerry.

€ 3,458,281


Galway Co Council Galway City to Moycullen (Phase 1 of City Link to start of Connemara Greenway) along river Corrib and old Connemara railway line).       €2,000,000        12.7

Waterford Co Council

Clonea to Durrow Greenway forms part of the overall Dungarvan to Waterford City greenway developed along a disused railway corridor.

€ 897,739


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