18th October

Water trail network for greater Cork area

A feasiblity study for a recreational water trail network in the greater Cork area identifies five potenital 'blueways' at Cork City, Lough Mahon, West Passage, East Harbour and Harbour. The Cork Harbour Blueway Feasbility Report was commissioned by South and East Cork Area Development Ltd (SECAD).

Water trail network for Cork region

Pictured at the lauch were William O'Halloran, biodiversity; Minister Simon Coveney and Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD 

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, said Cork could benefit "hugely" from the initiative. "It is a wonderful way for people to experience the beauty and heritage that Cork Harbour has to offer."

The proposed network is 61km long and is broken into 16 trail sections of varying length and abilty between the 'trail heads'. The water trail for example would showcase areas for small craft users (kayaks, canoes, sail boats, currachs and stand-up paddle boards.)

Infrastructure; safety; access and egress points; environment; users groups and development costs are also considered and were advised on by the Irish Sports Council - National Trails Office and Canoeing Ireland.

In 2013 SECAD formed a Water Trail Development Group comprising experts in water sports and trail development.

"In theory, even open water swimmers and snorkelers coudl potentially use the trails; however this will require further stakeholder engagement," remarked Ryan Howard, SECAD chief executive.

 

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