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St Fechin's Trail wins Best Heritage Project

LAMA Awards

Marty Morrisey, Cllr Seanie Power (Waterford) Cllr Frank McDermott, Cllr Una d'Arcy, Bartle D'Arcy and Seamus McDermott

 

A 3.5km walk originally designed by Westmeath County Council was awarded the title Best Heritage Project in Ireland at the National Community and Council Awards.

It was one of three looped walks for Fore developed on paper in 1986 as part of a plan for three looped walks of 3, 5 and 8 km by the then County Engineer Jim Hearn and draftsman Richard McCabe. 

In the last tranche of Leader funding a committee was established to deliver the first looped walk in the project. Named the Fore Heritage and Amenity Committee, it contained two serving councillors, Frank McDermott and Una D'Arcy (who was not an elected representative at the time and was representing the school community of St Fechin's NS) as well as many representatives of the local community.

The original committee drew down €125,000 of LEADER funding and received the expertise and support of Westmeath County Council as well as a further €20,000 in funding.  

The award highlighted how the new looped walk was crucial in the projects developed by 'St Fechin’s Trail and Tale'  a tourism development group in the area and demonstrated the impact through the measured growth of tourism and the use made of the trail by the community.

 

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 07/02/2017