They’re walking back to health and happiness in the Twin Towns with the official launch of the BASICC Walks Initiative which took place recently.
Ballybofey And Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC) who developed the project said they were are delighted with the project which is a further enhancement of the local walks initative in and around the Twin Towns.
The actual works included upgrading the Drumboe Town walk and directional signage to other notable historic sites.
The project funding was provided with a grant of €54,460 being allocated by DLDC through LEADER.
There has been a huge increase in popularity of walks in and around the Twin Towns area thereby helping promote Tourism in the Twin Towns.
BASICC had identified existing routes in need of upgrading, making them more accessable and safer to walk. A pocketguide has also been produced to promote the walks along with trailhead signs, directional signage and furniture.
Speaking at the launch, Chairman of BASICC, Kieran Doherty said he was delighted with the project and that the objectives of the committee were to increase tourism and enterprise in the Twin Towns.
He thanked all involved in the project, but particularly DLDC and Leader who provided the grant and guidance for the project. He thanked the Villa Rose Hotel, Jacksons Hotel, Kees Hotel, Mc Elhinneys Stores and CLADDA for also providing funds to match fund the grant. He also paid tribute to Coillte, Donegal County Council, Tús and Fas for all their support with this and other projects around the area.
Chairman of DLDC, Mr Jim Slevin, said that his Board were always happy to help communities who wish to increase Tourism and Enterprise within their areas. He also commended the BASICC committee on all the great work that they have initiated around the Twin Towns.
He said “This project ties in perfectly with the companies Rural Recreation Plan for Outdoor Pursuits in 2014”.
He also pointed out that several other organisations in the Twin Towns had benefited from Leader funding in recent times including the Development of the “Pound” in Stranorlar, which includes statues of Frances Brown and Issac Butt, the Town Clock, Trusk Lough Walks Project, Gort Scíth Picnic Area, Enhancement works in both towns and more recently the Ard Mc Cool Playgrounds and the recent completed extension to the Finn Valley Centre
Local Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan also spoke at the event stating that it was great to see all organisation working in partnership to make this happen.
He paid tribute to DLDC, Leader, RRO, Tus and Fas as well as the five business’s and CLADDA who helped support the development.
The official cutting of the ribbon was performed by Mary Mc Granaghan, BASICC with Frank Kelly also of DLDC and Leader acting as MC for the event.