A €1.9m walking and cycling amenity Greenway along the river suir towpath between Clonmel and Carrick on Suir is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
Members of Tipperary County Council were told that work on the ambitious project would start in March or April with the development of a 3metre wide riverside pathway completed by the end of the year.
The 19k route will be located on the northern bank of the River Suir. The main access points will be Treacy Park in Carrick and Mulcahy Park in Clonmel. No new access points, other than the existing towpath access points along the river, will be provided.
The project was welcomed by the members on Monday who said the walkway/cycle path would be a massive addition to the amenity/tourism infrastructure in the county.
The plan was welcomed by members - Cllr. Kieran Bourke said it was an important and exciting project that had great tourism potential for the south east while fellow Carrick member David Dunne said the pathway would be of great benefit to the people of Clonmel and Carrick.
Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said it would play a big part in attracting more tourists to the area and according to Cllr. Michael Murphy, it would enhance the tourism potential of the area and he thanked the late Peter Britton for his role in the planning of the project and everybody involved. Cllr. Pat English remarked that it would be a ‘big plus’ for the county.
Cllr. Eddie O’Meara said the plan was a welcome development for tourism. Chairman Michael Fitzgerald said he was delighted to see the authority develop the tourism potential of the area by providing a cycle and walking path.