- Additional €500,000 granted
- Route will now go from Donegal to Wexford
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Tourism and Aviation Cathal Crowe has welcomed the announcement of a further €500,000 to complete signage for the Irish leg of the EuroVelo cycling route.
The European-wide cycling tour already takes in Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Wexford and Waterford along with Clare and now, thanks to today’s funding announcement, will also traverse Co. Cork.
The Irish leg marks EuroVelo Route 1 – and is one of 19 routes across the continent, aimed at luring in cyclists to these countries and locations.
“EuroVelo 1 will really showcase Clare to the world at large, so I’m thrilled to see that this grant has been allocated to include Cork, thereby extending not only the length of the route here but also the possibilities for Irish tourism,” said Deputy Crowe.
“A quick Google search will show you that these routes cover some of the most breath-taking scenery in Europe in every country they take in – and I may be biased, but I truly believe that the Irish leg is up there with the best.
“The funding announced today will ensure that the Cork segment is fully signposted, thereby making sure that those who take the journey to complete the Irish section can do so safely.
“I also think the extension of the route will add to my argument that we, as a government, should be targeting the Tour de France with the aim of hosting a stage of this down the line.
“A combination of the Wild Atlantic Way and the EuroVelo 1 route could be used for the competition and this would, again, give us a magnificent chance to show our country off to the world.”