Funding boost for Cavan Burren Geopark - Feeley

Fianna Fáil West Cavan Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed the Border Uplands Project, formally launched by at the Marble Arch Visitors Centre, Marlbank, Co Fermanagh on October 24 by Minister Arlene Foster and Minister John Perry TD.

Fianna Fáil West Cavan Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed the Border Uplands Project, formally launched by at the Marble Arch Visitors Centre, Marlbank, Co Fermanagh on October 24 by Minister Arlene Foster and Minister John Perry TD.

Cllr Feeley said, “This funding, in excess of €800,000 is funded by the INTEREG 4A Programme with a 25% contribution from the Government of Ireland and the Northern Executive. This programme will focus on work at the Marble Arch Visitors Centre and the surrounding area. However, the bulk of the funding will be spent on an unmanned information point in the Cavan Burren together with the provision of parking facilities, a toilet block and marked walks around the most significant site in the Geopark.”

The work programme agreed for the Burren was concluded by Cavan County Council and Coillte after careful consideration of the environmental and archaeological consideration. Planning Permission was granted for the work in July 2012 under Part VIII of the Planning & Development Act. It is envisaged that the works will go to public tender in the coming weeks.

Cllr Feeley stated, “The Burren in the key part of the Global Geopark in County Cavan. We must recognise that after careful re-evaluation of the Geopark throughout this summer, UNESCO inspectors have continued the designation of this region as a UNESCO International Geopark for a further period of four years. This is a huge vote of confidence in the work done by Cavan County Council working in conjunction with Coillte, Fermanagh District Council, local communities and land owners and other stakeholders.”

Concluding, Councillor Feeley noted that in these days the announcements of funding for projects are welcome good news. These projects are vital for the future of West Cavan and the surrounding areas and will build up the tourism product in the region.