By 2018, it will be possible to cycle from Dublin to Athlone almost entirely off-road

Minister Ross was at the opening of the Garrycastle to Whitegates National Cycle Network in Athlone on Friday 7th April.

Major Funding for the Dublin Galway Greenway

Supporters of the Dublin Galway Greenway project received excellent news when funding was announced to complete major sections of the route

2016 start for work on the Meath Kildare section of Greenway

According to Dail records the Minister expects that work will commence on the Meath and Kildare sections of the greenway in 2016.

Plans to Complete the Royal Canal Greenway in Longford

Longford County Council have issued proposals to complete the royal canal greenway connecting to the Dublin Galway Greenway.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Public Consultation on the future of greenways to begin in coming days


According to Minister Ross, the eagerly awaited public consultation on future greenway development will begin in the coming days. Minister Ross has had discussions on the proposed approach with many stakeholder including the Cabinet Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs. In response to a Dail question, he said that he will be launching a public consultation process in the coming days to inform the development of the Strategy and all interested parties will have the opportunity to give their views  as part of the public consultation process.  The public consultation process will last for 6 weeks and he is urging all those interested in the subject to submit their views on it.  These will be taken into account in finalising the Strategy and he expects that this will be completed and the Strategy published by the end of the year.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

By 2018, it will be possible to cycle from Dublin to Athlone almost entirely off-road




“By 2018, it will be possible to cycle from Dublin to Athlone almost entirely off-road thanks to Greenways" say Minister Ross who was speaking at the opening of the latest section of the Dublin Galway greenway.

Minister Ross was at the opening of the Garrycastle to Whitegates National Cycle Network in Athlone on Friday 7th April. The project is an extension of the 42km Mullingar to Athlone Greenway officially opened in 2015, which in turn is part of the Dublin to Galway Greenway.

The 2.2km cycleway/greenway from Garrycastle to Whitegates was completed by Westmeath County Council after it was awarded €496,187 in July, 2016 from a reallocation of National Cycle Network. The fund was reallocated from the western end of the Dublin Galway greenway which has met opposition from landowners.

Minister Ross was particularly supportive and impressed with the forward thinking approach of the Westmeath, Longford, Meath and kildare councils in looking to these new cycle-ways as an opportunity for tourism. He said that "Athlone and Westmeath are very much at the centre of things when it comes to greenways – we have the continuation of the Royal Canal Greenway from Mullingar to Ballymahon in Co Longford as well as the Old Rail Trail and we are working on completing the sections in Kildare and Meath so that by 2018 it will be possible to cycle from Dublin to Athlone almost entirely off-road."

Longford/Westmeath Independent Alliance TD, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran also attending the opening and commented on the benefit to local people of these greenways. ‘Boxer’ Moran said the new Greenway will not only benefit people living in the area but tourism in the region. “It will attract new people to visit the area. It is also providing an amenity for local people to walk and cycle on and it is also making it easier and safer for people to cycle to work and school,” Deputy Moran said.

Deputy Moran said the next stage of the Greenway includes a new cycle bridge across the Shannon at Athlone.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Dublin Galway Greenway features highly in greenway projects funded from 2009 to 2016



The Dublin Galway greenway in Westmeath, Longford, Kildare and Meath have featured highly in a recent list of projects funded by government since 2009. Responding to a Dail question from TD Jan O'Sullivan, Minister Ross released details of greenway projects. While not all of these are off-road, Minister Ross went on to say that "the projects constructed to date with funding from my Department are a mix of on-road and off-road and while some cannot be considered 'greenways' in the strictest sense they do feed into the expansion of a network of cycle routes"

The counties of Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Kildare featured highly in the funded projects and it is clear from the information that these counties have made considerable progress once the funding became available.


The entry in 2012 for a cycleway on the N6 will be of particular interest to followers of this blog. Objectors to the East Galway section of the greenway such as the IFA have suggested that the route could be put on the N6. However, the information from Minister Ross appears to indicate that a plan to put 20km of dedicated cycle lanes on the N6 was cancelled due to inability to deliver project.


Monday, February 20, 2017

List of Parking Spots on the Dublin Galway greenway


Thanks to the recent launch of Google Maps Lists, we have decided to start using Google Maps to help our readers discover the Dublin Galway Greenway. 

You can access a list of parking locations on the link below. 


Please note that some of these locations are not formal public parking locations and may be simply a verge on the side of the road. So please be considerate to other road users and land owners when using any of these locations. 

Please be aware that the authors of this blog strongly recommend safe parking and obey all traffic laws and landownership rules.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Minister Ross says he is determined to see the Dublin Galway greenway



Minister Shane Ross, says the Dublin Galway Greeway "may have been paused but it has not been halted" and that he remains committed to achieving the delivery of the Dublin Galway greenway. Speaking in the Dail in response to Robert Troy, Fianna Fail TD for Longford-Westmeath, Minister Ross said he believes the greenway will help to position Ireland as a destination for cycling holidays.

Robert Troy was asking the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects the proposed greenway from Dublin to Galway to be completed. Minister Troy criticized the consultation that happening up to now with landowners affected and he asked if the Minister and his officials would meet a group which has been set up and which is representative of people who are concerned about this section of the planned route. Minister was positive but said he was not " inclined to get involved in a local dispute if I think it will not do any good".


Minister Ross says that officials from his Department will consult all stakeholders in the coming months. This engagement will involve the Irish Farmers' Association, IFA, and with other stakeholders.

In a point being picked up by several news media outlets the minister crucially said that "in addition to identifying and agreeing a preferred route, potential levels of compensation to affected landowners will be examined."

Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson, Deputy Troy says the route doesn’t have to go through private land.


Audio file is the property of Midlands103 News and simply relinked here.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Work Starting On Shovel Ready Sections of the Royal Canal Greenway



Following on from the funding announcement for the Royal Canal greenway, the local authorities and Waterways Ireland, are moving quickly to start on the latest sections of the Royal Canal greenway. This is excellent news and will be strongly welcomed by community groups and campaigners along the canal. This news will raise hopes among the campaigners that are hoping for the route to be completed to Clondra and should demonstrate to Minister Ross that when funds are allocated that they can be used effectively to build world class amenities. Minister Ross has pubically stated his support for greenways and says that they provide excellent value for money and benefits to local communities.

Moyvalley to Ballasport

MARINE NOTICE No.  118 of 2016
Royal Canal
Cycle Path Construction

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the towpath of Royal Canal from Moyvalley to Ballasport and Longford Bridge to Abbeyshrule will be closed with immediate effect to facilitate the construction of cyclepaths.




East and West of Kilcock

MARINE NOTICE No 132 of 2016
ROYAL CANAL
KILCOCK TOWPATH  UPGRADE

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the towpath of the Royal Canal near Kilcock, from Chambers Bridge Lock 15 to the R148 road (approx. 600 meters), will be closed until December 2016 to facilitate the  onstruction of a new cycle route.

MARINE NOTICE No 139 of 2016
ROYAL CANAL - KILCOCK TOWPATH  UPGRADE
Additional Towpath Closure - 16th Lock to Spin Bridge

Further to MN 132/2016 Waterways Ireland wishes to further advise that the towpath of the Royal Canal in Kilcock from west of the 16th Lock Shaw Bridge
to Spin Bridge (approx. 950 metres), will also be closed until December 2016 to facilitate the construction of a new cycle route


Also, the Longford Leader is reporting this week that major work is commencing on the Abbeyshrule to Ballymahon section and further calls have been made to continue the route to Clondra, Co. Longford (the actually end of the Royal Canal). The Shannonside newsroom has reported that the minister is being requested to provide a modest anount of funds to complete the entire route to the very end.





Saturday, October 1, 2016

€23.5 million was allocated to Greenways over the period 2012 to 2016


A total of €23.5 million has been allocated to Greenways over the period 2012 to 2016 in Ireland. In a response to Tony McLoughlin (Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim), Minister Shane Ross provided details to the Dail last week. 

Minister Ross stated that "Under the National Cycle Network (NCN) Funding Programme approximately €23.5 million was allocated over the period 2012 to 2016 to advance cycle routes that provided valuable transport and recreational infrastructure, with the added potential to enhance tourist activity for the areas concerned.  This includes €10 million allocated under the Government Stimulus package 2014.
Under the first tranche of NCN funding for the years 2012/2013, fifteen cycling projects were completed by local authorities across the country with €7 million in funding provided.  Under the second tranche of NCN funding for the years 2014-2016, a further three projects shared in funding of €6.3 million.  Of these three projects only one (in Waterford) has been completed.
In May 2014, a €10 million investment package for greenway development was announced by Government as part of the €200 million national infrastructure package.  Eleven cycling projects were selected to share in this funding and eight of these projects have now been completed.
In July 2016, €3.5 million was reallocated from the second tranche of NCN funding to projects in Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Longford as two of the original projects selected (Kerry and Galway) were not in a position to draw down their full allocation for 2016."

According to reports, work has already started in Westmeath on the extension of the Old Rail Trail into Athlone and further work is progressing on the Longford section of the Royal Canal west of Abbeyshrule. Groups along the Royal Canal in Kildare/Meath are eagerly awaiting the commencement of work the section that will complete the link between Kildare and Westmeath/Longford.