Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will re- open public counters on Thursday 5th August 2021 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday:

Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore

Tullamore Tullamore Municipal District Offices

The Public Offices listed below will open as follows:

** Edenderry Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm only)

** Birr Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1pm only)

At Áras an Chontae, Tullamore, counter services for Planning, Roads, the Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE only.

Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please read for latest information and measures in place.

Offaly Greenway – €2.35 Million Funding Secured

Last Friday, positive news broke that Offaly was one of the fortunate counties to be granted further funding to complete works on the Grand Canal Greenway.Grand Canal Adventures

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross announced that €40million will be invested into ten Greenway projects across the country. Offaly was 1 of 10 successful applicants from a possible 22 projects, with €2.35 million to be invested to complete the Tullamore to Daingean route.

 

The application was secured after successful collaboration between Offaly County Council and Waterways Ireland. This project will complete the Tullamore to Daingean stretch and link Daingean to Boora with 38KM of Greenway. The facility will allow local communities to get out and enjoy all the health benefits associated with been active. In addition, activity tourism has become a major decision maker for tourists visiting Ireland, particularly walking and cycling in safe scenic areas. County Offaly and its communities stand to gain from this development, providing another reason for both domestic and international visitors to travel to the county.

The Greenway will play a vital role in regards to the county’s development plan and the Governments long term vison, Ireland 2040. Grand CanalThere are numerous benefits to all users of Greenways, including improved health, improved air quality, improved accessibility to transport, reduced traffic congestion and reduced transport costs. It will not stop there either, with further stretches of the Greenway proposed for development, east to Edenderry and west to Shannon Harbour.

  

Speaking on hearing the announcement, Offaly’s Tourism Officer Olive Farrelly said ‘We are extremely excited on receiving this funding to further continue our works on the Grand Canal Greenway.  As the greenway develops further we hope to see an increase in our visitor numbers.  It’s also an important asset for the Offaly natives; it will not only boost the local economy but also benefit the health of our community’

For those who ish to find out more about the Greenway and the nearest access available to them they contact the Visit Offaly team on +353 5793 46800 or email info@visitoffaly.ie.