Completion of Royal Canal Greenway – Longford Section
Minister Michael Ring visited Mosstown Harbour, Kenagh on Friday, 22nd February, 2018 to launch the completion of the Royal Canal Greenway in Longford. Work is nearly completed on extending the Royal Canal Greenway from Abbeyshrule to Clondra. This work has jointly funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Transport and Longford County Council in partnership with Waterways Ireland.
The Royal Canal Greenway is a National walking cycling route linking Dublin to Clondra which is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. Longford County Council has extended this route from Abbeyshrule to Clondra. In time it will extend on to Westport and Sligo. It will link in with the South Longford Cycle Routes which have recently been sign posted and forms part of the greater plan for walks and trails in Longford.
The Greenway will provide an off road cycle route along the Royal Canal bank through some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland. It is a major tourism and recreational initiative which will bring major benefits to local communities. It is expected to substantially boost tourism and visitor numbers to Longford. Currently the Greenway has been constructed through Westmeath to Abbeyshrule and Ballymahon. Now Longford County Council is extending the route through from Ballymahon to Clondra.
These works all form part of the Mid Shannon Wilderness Park Tourism Plan which was developed by Longford County Council. This Plan proposes to utilise and develop the South Longford Bogs, the Royal Canal, Rivers Shannon, Inny and Lough Ree as a major recreational and tourism park. The Royal Canal Greenway through Longford also ties in with the Center Parcs Longford Forrest Development to provide Longford with the best tourism infrastructure of international potential.