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.