Castleblayney and South Armagh to recieve £1.36 million in rural funding

Declan McAteer Posted by
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The Castleblayney and South Armagh Partnership (CASA) has secured funding to the value of £1.36 million which will aid the development of Slieve Gullion, Lough Muckno and Ballybay. The funding has been recieved through the Special European Programmes Body as well as the INTERREG IVA Programme within the framework of the Cross-Border Territorial Co-operation Programme for Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland and Western Scotland 2007 – 2013.

A family adventure facility and amphitheatre will be developed at Slieve Gullion which will attract families, schools and people of all ages. Pathways at Slieve Gullion Mountain will be restored to create an adult fitness trail, which will be available for people to go for walks, to improve fitness levels and to take in the wonderful scenery that Slieve Gullion has to offer.

In addition, the Castleblayney and South Armagh Partnership will improve the existing angling facilities at Lough Muckno in a bid to attract local people who enjoy fishing and also tourists who come to Ireland for the fantastic angling opportunities. To complement the existing provision at Lough Muckno CASA will also introduce some additional family fun through a new children’s play area, open to all people throughout the year.

CASA will also support rural start up businesses by developing seven Enterprise Units in Ballybay, County Monaghan. This will give rural start up businesses an opportunity to develop their products and grow. There will also be an immediate impact in the area with rural job opportunities being created. The CASA Rural Investment Initiative is managed by the Newry and Mourne District Council in partnership with Monaghan County Council and Monaghan County Enterprise.

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