Minister for public transport Alan Kelly has turned the sod on a new €4m greenway in Co. Kerry.
The South Kerry Greenway is being constructed on an old railway line, which cuts through historic mountainous tunnels and travels across long standing viaducts displaying the scenery that lies between Reenard pier to Glenbeigh. The route will be over 30km long once completed.
It is estimated that the project will bring 90 full time jobs to the South Kerry region as a result of increased tourism activities.
Construction is set to start in the coming months on phase one of the project, a 5.75km section linking Cahirciveen to Reenard. This section of the greenway, known as the Fertha greenway, will link Reenard point with Valentia Island, where a ferry links the mainland with the island, creating a loop.
Speaking at the sod turning, Minister Kelly said: “I see this greenway featuring on Lonely Planet’s best things to do in time. It is truly iconic and I have no doubt it will bring cyclists to the Ring of Kerry from all over Europe. As Minister, I have granted €3.9m towards the project, but that will easily pay for itself in time by generating substantial revenue and 90 full-time jobs for the area – that’s the equivalent of a small industry”.