Great Western Greenway (IE)
This is a 42km traffic free walking & cycling facility now connecting two of Irelands most established tourism destinations – Westport and Achill Island. The facility is multifunctional serving tourist, local recreational, school and work travel needs and thereby draws a wide range of users – young and old.
The Greenway concept was realised through meaningful partnership with individual landowners and the local community. The facility was made possible because of the commitment and goodwill of over 160 local landowners who wished to see it developed as a local amenity and tourist attraction of national importance. This act of generosity has instilled an immense pride of place within the communities between Westport and Achill. The Greenway was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D and Minister of State Mr. Michael Ring T.D on the 29th July 2011.
The Great Western Greenway is the 2011 recipient of the international European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) award. This award has firmly established the Great Western Greenway as one of the finest trails in Europe and has recognised the communities’ participation and commitment to tourism and regeneration. It provides the community and in particular Mulranny Tourism with significant marketing/business supports and knowledge transfer within the EU wide EDEN network.
During 2011 two new dedicated websites were developed to highlight and showcase many of the wonderful trails that are now available throughout the county. These websites are branded as www.mayotrails.ie and www.greenway.ie Both websites have interactive maps, listings for all accredited walking and cycling tour operators, accredited walking and cycling clubs and an events section etc. Further details on the Mayo Trails – Greenway App is available from the following link:
Locations of artworks on Great Western Greenway:
Aideen Barry has two installations:
1 – inside a small folly building behind the old convent in Westport (take the Greenway behind Clew Bay Bike Hire)
2 inside the water tower behind the Mulranny Park Hotel
There will also be QR codes installed along the Greenway which will take you to her animations, and her limited edition publication will be available to loan from a variety of places along the Greenway, libraries, hotels, B&Bs etc from August.
Xevi Bayona’s installation is on the Newport Viaduct
Noah Rose has four Event Cabinets:
1 – by the large viaduct in Westport (near to Westport train station) This is also very close to Aideen Barry’s installation
2 – by the Newport Viaduct
3 – along the Mulranny to Achill stretch of the Greenway (15min walk from the Water Tower)
4 – at Achill Sound on the Quay