News 2020


Title:  Funding announced for path repairs at Croagh Patrick and Errigal
Date:  03/03/2020

Mountaineering Ireland has welcomed the announcements over the last two weeks of funding for path repair work at both Errigal and Croagh Patrick.

Minister Michael Ring TD has announced funding of €480k from the Department of Rural & Community Development for a two-year project to put a sustainable path in place along the pilgrim route at Croagh Patrick. The Croagh Patrick project will have a strong emphasis on training, which will also help to build capacity nationally in upland path construction techniques. The Croagh Patrick project will also include public engagement actions and assistance from volunteer groups.

Funding of €500k has been announced to provide sustainable access and for habitat restoration at Errigal. The project will also focus on developing Dunlewey as an information and service hub for those planning to climb Errigal. The Errigal project is being funded under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland.

In both cases, Mountaineering Ireland has worked with other stakeholders to develop appropriate repair solutions in response to worsening path erosion on these iconic mountains. The solutions arrived at are largely based on using local materials to produce a sustainable path which will fit into its landscape setting, in keeping with the Helping the Hills Guiding Principles for the management of upland path erosion -

As both the Errigal and Croagh Patrick projects already have planning approval, Mountaineering Ireland is hopeful that work will commence over the coming months and we look forward to working with other stakeholders to help deliver these important projects.


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