First IAT get together at Kelley’s Bridge in 2016

The 485 km (302 miles) section of the IAT in Ulster-Ireland is about to receive a big upgrade thanks to a funding secured through a cross-border cooperation project between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the Rural Development Programme.

The project is the result of six Local Action Groups (LAGs) who administer Rural Development Programme funding for their area, working together on a joint initiative as part of a cooperation project to develop and enhance the trail.

Over £700,000 (~ $920,000 USD) in funding will be used for upgrading or rerouting the trail, improved trail waymarking and signage, adding trail infrastructure such as stiles, fencing and seating. Trail art and sculptures will also be installed at significant locations. The upgrades and improvements will take place along the trail in Donegal, Fermanagh & Omagh, Mid Ulster, Causeway Coast and Glens, and Mid & East Antrim. An additional fund of £120,000 (~ $158,000 USD) will be used for marketing, promotions and website development.

(L to R) Niamh Kennedy, Donegal County Council, Steven Doherty, North West Forest Services, Inga Bock, Rural Recreation Officer and Frank Kelly, LEADER Rural Development Manager, DLDC at the launch of trail work on the Donegal section of the IAT

For more information please see the IAT-SIA Facebook page and this article in the Donegal Daily.


Be sure to see the gallery below for photos of the Ulster-Ireland section of the IAT.

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