Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme funding announcement for Offaly November 29th 2021 Press Release

This project consists of creating a new 400m river walk amenity along the banks of the River Brosna at Clashawaun, Clara, to help restore connections to the river for the community and visitors.

Also announced today by the Minister was a project development grant for Derryounce Lake and Trails.  The €50,000 grant will provide for a development plan for the expansion and new complimentary uses at the already successful Derryounce Lake and Trails.  The first phase of ORIS 2019 funding for Derryounce is due for completion shortly. 

The CE of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney said “I welcome the positive news of ORIS funding for Clara and Derryounce and Offaly County Council understands the important of developing outdoor amenities and activities.  I would like to compliment both the Portarlington Community Development Association in Derryounce and Clara Heritage Society in Clara for assisting with the development of these worthwhile projects”. 

She added “Outdoor recreation and activities play a key role in the development of sustainable tourism in Offaly, and both these projects will encourage tourists and locals alike to experience the unique Offaly countryside and natural environment.”

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Declan Harvey added “The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme has provided invaluable investment for outdoor amenities and facilities in Offaly over the last few years.  These further grant investments for Clara and Derryounce with match funding support from Offaly County Council is making a significant contribution to supporting healthy, active lifestyles while also building upon the economic and tourism potential of Offaly.”