A section of the new greenway that overlooks Clew Bay at Murrisk. Photos: Councillor Christy Hyland

New section of greenway nearing completion in west Mayo

A NEW three-kilometre stretch of greenway is nearing completion at Murrisk.

Described as 'absolutely beautiful' by local Councillor Christy Hyland, it runs from the famine monument to Bertra beach, around the hotel and apartments, with a section along the coastline.

Speaking at a council tourism committee meeting, he thanked all the team involved in the project, particularly the landowners.

The contractor is finalising works at the moment, but all surfacing and signage is complete.

With Transport Infrastructure Ireland taking over the delivery of greenways, Councillor Hyland suggested they be invited to a council meeting to discuss future projects.

People want to know when the greenway will come to Lecanvey, Louisburgh, and on to Roonagh, he said. It is essential this is rolled out.

Croagh Patrick, he said, is internationally recognised, with people visiting from all over the world. The greenway would create jobs and keep rural villages alive and it required investment.

Croagh Patrick is the jewel in the crown and it baffled him that the area wasn't top for investment in Mayo. It has to be top priority for tourism and jobs.

Another section of the new greenway.

Councillor Peter Flynn also hailed the new Murrisk section as 'fantastic', and he commended the landowners involved.

They now needed to drive on from here and ensure a route is delivered to Roonagh, sooner rather than later, he said.