Southern Trail News...
GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL REPRESENTED AT EUROPEAN GREENWAYS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION..
The European Greenways Association (EGWA) was constituted in 1998 with the aim of encouraging the development of Greenways in Europe and this summer it celebrated its 20th birthday in Namur, Belgium where it was founded. Namur nestles on the banks of Sambre and Meuse rivers: about two hours drive from Brussels.
From humble beginnings EGWA is now Europe's leading light when it comes to the advancement of Greenways.
The Great Southern Trail Ltd. (GST) is a
double award winning member of EGWA having been recognised for its
endeavours over many years of dedication in converting the once abandoned
railway line into a user friendly local amenity for young and old to enjoy.
Denis McAuliffe, Vice Chair, represented the GST in Namur.
Pictured are some of the delegates who on the final day of the convention got to cycle the Greenway in Namur and Denis (kneeling in front row ) also went along for the cycle and was amazed to see how much Namur had bought into the Greenway as a tourist attraction.
Denis especially enjoyed the group visit to a strawberry museum as traditionally Namur grows the finest of multiple varieties of strawberries and the museum is conveniently alongside the Greenway. The Great Southern Greenway could also similarly benefit the towns along the route in West Limerick if a proper sales and marketing strategy of the scenic route is ever put in place.
Greenways National Strategy 2019-2021 & Great Southern Greenway.
Liam O'Mahony, Cathaoirleach, Great Southern Trail Ltd.(GST), met with Tourism, Transport & Sport Minister Shane Ross and Kieran Mulvey, Chairman, Sport Ireland at the launch of the National Greenway Strategy in the old railway station at Moate, Co. Westmeath on Friday 20 July 2018.
An integral part of the Greenway Strategy is the emphasis on the importance of developing "National Greenways" of at least 100km in length and also the use of "Lower-Trafficked roads" to enhance the attractiveness of the entire recreational experience for locals and tourists alike.
Mr. O'Mahony stressed to Minister Ross and to Minister of State, Brendan Griffin, that these objectives are ad idem with the GST's longstanding endeavours of completing the entire West Limerick-North Kerry railway route into a National Greenway and therefore he hoped that the Department would be supportive of relevant applications by the respective Local Authorities.
He expressed the hope that Kerry County
Council would immediately begin public consultation on the 27km Listowel-
Lixnaw-Abbeydorney- Ardfert-Tralee railway route that they now own: thereby
adding connectivity to their current Listowel and Fenit projects.
Great Southern Trail day trip to West Cork.
Continuing with our visits to Greenways and old railway walkways we will set out on Saturday 1st September at 8.30a.m. from the Market Yard, Newcastle West for West Cork.
Breakfast in Cork City will be followed by a tour through Kinsale, Ballinspittle, Garrettstown Beach and Timoleague with ample stops along the way.
From Timoleague, with its 13th century Franciscan Abbey, we will walk the 5km route of the old railway to Courtmacsherry. [For those who wish to get more exercise they may continue for another hour or so along a very nice grass path called the "Fuchsia Walk" which has lovely sea views].
It was from Courtmacsherry that the lifeboat set out in 1915 in an attempt to rescue survivors from the Lusitania. Dinner will be served at the Courtmacsherry Hotel which was once the home of an Earl.
We will return to Newcastle West via
Innishannon; home of Alice Taylor. The all-in cost is €50. Book with Pat
Condon, 06962344 (5-6pm only) Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West. Fáilte roimh
Fáilte to all ages this Sunday (17th June) at 5pm for a Greenway family cycle commencing at Abbeyfeale's Old Railway Station. Bring your own bike or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to hire a bike. A great opportunity for our neighbours across the Kerry Border to experience the delights of Greenways which will hopefully become a reality for Fenit, Tralee, Kilmorna and Listowel in the near future.
World Bicycle Day - Sunday 3rd June - Great Southern Greenway Limerick Event
family cycle will be taking place on Sunday 3rd June. As well as celebrating
World Bicycle Day, Limerick City County Council are also launching the town
loops for each of the towns along the route. We hope that will assist the
ongoing development of the Greenway.
Kerry County Council is holding a public consultation day regarding the proposed North Kerry Greenway – Listowel to Limerick County Bounds (Sluicequarter).
Irish Times: Walk for the Weekend" features the 17km Newcastle West- Rooskagh Loop including the Great Southern Greenway and minor roads
Walk for the weekend: Another greenway to try
in Co Limerick
Visiting Greenway experts from England and
Wales, Chris Grimshaw, David Hall, David Judd and John Grimshaw enjoyed a
cupán tae at Barnagh Tunnel during their visit to the Great Southern Trail (GST)on
13 April 2018.(see photo)
Greenways illustrated lecture in Abbeyfeale
On Friday 13 April 2018 there was a large
attendance at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale for the presentation by
Greenways expert John Grimshaw from Bristol.
Great Southern Trail Annual May Bank Holiday Day Trip
Breakfast and evening dinner en route will be included in the €60 cost (but bike hire will be extra). Due back in Newcastle West at 11pm. Payment to Pat Condon, Upr. Maiden St., Newcastle West. 069 62344 (5-6pm). Cheques payable to Great Southern Trail Ltd.
Beidh fáilte romhat!
Presentation by John Grimshaw
On Friday 13th April 2018 at 8pm the Great
Southern Trail Ltd. will host a presentation in the Glórach Theatre,
Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick [alongside the Church on the N21].
He, and his colleagues will cycle from Rathkeale to the Kerry Border and they are delighted to hear of the positive developments which will hopefully see the Greenway extended into North Kerry in the not too distant future.
John will outline his experiences in
developing Greenways and the multiple benefits that accrue to communities as
a result. For both dedicated Greenway enthusiasts and those who wish to
inform themselves this will be a rewarding evening. Beidh fáilte roimh gach
[A] Coach trip to walk/cycle Mayo Greenway departing Newcastle West, Market Yard, 7am Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, due back 11pm. €60 includes transport, breakfast and evening dinner but not bike hire. Monies to Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West : Tel. (5-6pm) 06962344
[B] Friday 25 May RTE1 T.V. " Nationwide" will feature the attractions of Newcastle West including the Great Southern Greenway
Barnagh Tunnel project in west Limerick likely to be delayed
"Friends of the Great Southern Trail" Meeting: Leen's Hotel, Abbeyfeale; 8pm
Thursday 15 February 2018.