Work to begin on resource centre
Members of the Cloonfad Scenic Walks Committee attended a recent tourism seminar in Westport. The event, which was staged by Ireland West and Galway East Tourism in association with Bord Failte, highlighted once again the unrivalled attractions of walking as a major tourism attraction for the West of Ireland. The Cloonfad project is poised to make further inroads in the promotion of the area as a unique recreational amenity. Work is about to begin on the construction of a new purpose built resource centre which will accommodate the needs of all walkers and significantly those with special needs.The new centre will also house and display the archaeological and historical wealth of the area. Plans have also been made for the upgrading of existing walking routes with the inclusion of a wheelchair accessible walk being prioritised. The design and specification of this exciting new development is being advanced in consultation with Coillte Teoranta and The Irish Wheelchair Association. The restoration of an ancient sweat house or Teach an Ailis as it was originally known is another recent addition to the cultural legacy of the region.