Monaghan County Council will shortly appoint a design team for Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal Greenway. This project will see the existing Monaghan Town Greenway extended west to Smithborough and east to Middletown, Co. Armagh. A spur of the Greenway is also proposed along the route of the Monaghan Town Bypass. This 22km project will follow the route of the Ulster Canal wherever possible.
The project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
Over the coming months the design team will be required to identify potential route options and identify a preferred route corridor. Planning approval will then be applied for before the lands are acquired and construction commences.
During the design stage of the project there will be opportunities for landowners, stakeholders and the general public to have input and give feedback. Before the design stage actively commences a series of community information evenings are being held to let people know about what to expect during the design phase. Landowners, members of the communities along the route and any interested parties are invited to find out more by dropping in to any of these 3 information events being held between 4pm and 8pm in
Tyholland Community Centre on Tuesday 2nd October 2018,
Middletown Community Parish Hall on Wednesday 10th October and
Smithborough Community Hall on Thursday 18th October 2018.
Waterways Ireland is the lead partner on this INTERREG VA funded project, which is being delivered in partnership with Monaghan County Council, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and East Border Region Ltd.
This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme,
managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)
Delays encountered during flood alleviation works being undertaken on the Shambles River/Ulster Canal have resulted in the closure of the Greenway from Old Cross Square east towards MC Grahams/Monaghan Education Campus.
Monaghan County Council regrets any inconvenience to to users of the Greenway and commuters who use the route to travel to and from work and school.
The Greenway is expected to re-open by Wednesday 26th September 2018.
The Monaghan Town Greenway will be closed temporarily between Old Cross Square (Monaghan Harps) east toward Coolshannagh. The Greenway is expected to re-open by the 14th September 2018.
Monaghan County Council has taken on a contractor to clean the Shambles river, removing silt from the riverbed. This is part of works carried out to reduce flooding in Monaghan Town.
Post by our project partners Waterways Ireland;
On the 20th July 2018 we were delighted to see the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross officially launch the national Greenways strategy.
The Strategy sets out how National and Regional Greenways in Ireland should be planned and constructed and is backed by a fund of €53m for the years 2019 to 2021.
Minister Ross said: “I am delighted to be launching this Strategy today in our Hidden Heartlands. That brand, and indeed our other tourism brands all identify activity tourism as a key sector for sustainably growing tourism numbers in Ireland. This Strategy, is, I know, eagerly awaited around the country. People have seen the benefits that have accrued to towns along our Greenways to date, examples such as Newport on the Great Western Greenway, Kilmacthomas on the Waterford Greenway and here in Moate along the Old Rail Trail. Our goal is to replicate the success of those towns and those Greenways in other locations around the country. That is why we are focussing our investment on projects of scale, the common denominator of successful projects to date is that they are in the order of 40km and thus provide the opportunity to overnight in a new area.”
The Strategy sets out the importance of early and widespread consultation with landowners and communities along and adjacent to proposed Greenway routes. The Strategy also emphasises the need to minimise the impact on landholdings by minimising severance as far as possible and providing accommodation works such as fencing and underpasses where required. The Strategy also sets out the importance of access to Scenery and things to See and Do in order to attract tourists.
Minister Brendan Griffin stated: “We are lucky to live in such a beautiful country and Greenways provide an opportunity to experience that beauty up close and at a slow pace. Our Strategy will help us fund the spine of a network of greenways that can, over time, provide links to the rest of the countryside through quiet roads that will prove attractive to many people cycling. I know that Longford County Council is looking to identify a quiet route from the end of the Royal Canal Greenway in Clondra to Athlone, this will provide a wonderful triangular route from Mullingar along the Royal Canal to Clondra and then to Athlone returning to Mullingar on the Old Rail Trail.
Minister Griffin continued: “we must also remember that Greenways are for more than people cycling, statistics from our current Greenways show that in towns such as Moate there are more people walking than cycling and the important health benefits that accrue to users are another huge benefit for our country.”
Minister Ross concluded: “I am looking forward to examining the many worthwhile project proposals that we expect to receive over the coming months under the funding call, and I would urge local authorities and state agencies to consult widely with landowners and communities along proposed routes to bring agreed routes to fruition. This Strategy sets out how that consultation should take place and suggests the components that make for a successful Greenway.”
The strategy can be found here.
We’re excited that so many of you are so excited about our project!
And to help you to keep up to date with where the project is at in terms of its progress, we’ve put together a newsletter.
You can view the very first issue by clicking on the link below.
Ulster Canal Greenway Newsletter July 2017
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The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has published a public consultation paper on a “Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways” and is inviting submissions from interested parties on the issues raised in the paper by 14 July.
Minister Shane Ross says:
“ The paper discusses a wide range of issues surrounding the development of greenways and poses a number of questions to prompt further debate and inform the development of an overarching Strategy for the future development of Greenways. The public consultation paper sets out the policy context for Government investment in Greenways, including their value from an economic, health, community and rural and regional regeneration perspective. It also references the significant tourism benefits that can accrue as well as providing a more sustainable transport option for many communities. Importantly, the paper seeks views from interested parties on some of the more contentious issues that have arisen in the development of some greenway projects and asks what approach should be taken to such issues in future.”
“Since becoming Minister I have been inundated with requests from all around the country for funding for Greenways. It is important that we target our investment in greenways that will deliver the most for their communities and for the country at large. The outcome of this public consultation will inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy to ensure that future funding is spent on the right projects, in the right areas and at the right time. To make sure that we take the right approach in future we need as many people as possible to give us their views during this public consultation process.”
The consultation document can be viewed at:
As set out in the public consultation paper, submissions can be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Sustainable Transport Division
Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport
The closing date for submissions is Friday 14th July 2017.
A template for submissions is attached.