- Huge opportunity to showcase county
- Part of 11,000km cycling route
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the erection of signage for the European-wide EuroVelo cycle route network in Co. Clare.
Ireland forms part of Route 1 of the network, which begins in the northern regions of Norway, travels down through Scotland and the Atlantic coastline in Ireland, before moving on to Wales, southern England, France, Spain and finally Portugal.
“How wonderful to see the EuroVelo signs up around our county, to point cyclists from near and far along our breath-taking coastline as part of their route,” said Deputy Crowe.
“I might be biased but I firmly believe that Route 1 of the EuroVelo network will have some of the best views for cyclists who undertake various sections of this initiative, beginning with the majestic fjords of Norway, to our own rugged Atlantic coastline to the beautiful beaches of Portugal.
“It was a wonderful moment to see a sign marking the route at Brennan’s Cross in my home village of Meelick.
“It’s incredible to think that, if you follow one of the longest cycling routes in the world, you could begin pedalling in Meelick or Kilkishen or the dozens of other villages on the Clare section and end up in coastal Portugal, just by following these little signs.
“I am also delighted that the signage has been erected to coincide with the launch of the River Shannon Masterplan, which was presented to us by Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland this week.
“We’ve heard how much potential for slow tourism there is in East Clare – I believe the EuroVelo and East Clare can work hand in hand by attracting in cyclists who want to take part in the route but also stop, eat and stay in the likes of Killaloe or further up the eastern border of the county.”