Longford Community Resources clg (L.C.R.L) and its new Rural Recreation Officer (RRO) Ronan Bilbow are hard at work reviewing the current walking trails in the county, and are supporting the development and delivery of new community trails across the region.
Ronan is a native of Erris, County Mayo, where farming, community development work, and outdoor recreation were always an important part of his life, and continue to be through his role as RRO. The former teacher understands that communities require support and guidance and that with this, great things can be achieved to benefit everyone.
In July 2021 Ronan, took over the role of Rural Recreation Officer for Counties Roscommon and Longford. With the primary role of the RRO being the rollout and management of the National Walks Scheme, Ronan has been busy to date with the management of 3 trails in County Roscommon that are on the Walk Scheme, as well as supporting outdoor recreation throughout the county. L.C.R.L and the RRO are now keen to increase the presence and impact of the RRO throughout County Longford.
The support of existing community trails and the development of new projects is an important part of the Rural Recreation Officer’s role. Highlighting possible funding streams and supporting groups with their applications is an important element of this.
Rural Communities & Groups (community/voluntary organisations) are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2022. Eligible Activities include resources to support countryside recreation, including for the upkeep and maintenance of already established trails/walkways/cycleways/blueways, improved access to leisure or recreational facilities, and the promotion and marketing of such infrastructure. Full information on eligibility and other aspects can be found by searching ORIS on www.gov.ie. To receive an application form to submit an expression of interest, or to submit any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need guidance with the development of an existing or new walk/trail, please feel free to get in touch with your Rural Recreation Officer by emailing Ronan Bilbow at email@example.com, or calling 0867713550.