You are very welcome to the Gort River Walk fundraising initiative !
Get involved by giving what you can and sharing this page on social media.
Watch this short video of David Murray, our chairperson explaining the story so far:
A brief history....
· A beautiful river flows right through the heart of Gort, but it is an underused, forgotten gem with difficult access.
In 2018 the project to make it really accessible began and the Gort River Walk group was formed. We initially found that several scenic spots had become illegal rubbish dumps but a strong voluntary group along with the council spent long hours cleaning it up.
· Vigorous weekend clearance work often organised by our wonderful co chair Karen O’Neill has led to the rediscovery of forgotten features like St Manchan’s Well , and the old derelict foot bridge. Neither sadly had been used for decades. Plans were hatched to develop a 3.25 km RIVERWALK trail to once again link the townland of Lavally to Kinincha (Aldi to Lidl )
· Local expert David Murray –chairman at the heart of the project, made several detailed designs and proposals all in his own time and succeeded in getting Galway County Council on board. Local architect Brent Monserrat also gave up his own time to come up with a fabulous but functional new bridge design.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE RIVERWALK?
✅ HEALTH –multiple strands of research have proved the importance of river walks, in improving the mental and physical well being of those who use them. Walking is one of the most under-utilised forms of effective exercise and walking in such a breath-taking natural beauty spot has huge benefits for wellbeing
Sally Smith of Open Sesame Healthfoods
✅ SOCIAL –sharing the river walk can help develop community unity, identity and cultural diversity. Sightings of animals like otters, and herons are common on the riverwalk and nature lovers can share this experience together
✅ ENVIRONMENTAL – the riverwalk is at the heart of the town, by raising these funds we will be educating people on wildlife and plant-life, furthering respect for nature and its protection.
✅ ECONOMIC – Gort businesses will benefit from the increased footfall and it will create new business opportunities locally e.g bike hire. 26% of all tourists and visitors in Ireland engage in some form of cross country walking, Fáilte Ireland declare. This brings an extra €1.3 billion into Ireland annually.
✅ FUN – going on a Riverwalk with family and friends is fun! enjoy a laughter filled picnic, cycle , walk, run, swim, painting or sketching or a romantic moment. Who will be the first to propose on the new bridge?
✅ LEGACY - it is important that further generations can enjoy and benefit from this amenity and have this amazing walk available for grandchildren and great grandchildren alike.
Watch this short video of Karen Oneill, our co chairperson explaining the potential of this riverwalk:
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
To build a bridge we need to get :
✅ planning permission
✅ architect’s final design
✅ consultants and trail advisers to ensure safety and best environmental practice.
*Their reports are essential for us to meet the highest possible standard.
✅ Structural and material costs
*building the bridge with a local ironwork will cost a lot of money and is essential to the success of the work.
Watch this short video of David Murray explaining how the funds will be used.
THE GOOD NEWS IS WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FUNDING BUT WE HAVE TO MATCH FUND!
Watch this short video of Sarah Smith outlining how you can donate!
We need your help to raise €20000 in match funding!
Grants can provide approx €80,000 in total to bring the dream to life.
We already have first stage grant from Galway Co. Council, but we need to raise the remainder.
HOW CAN YOU HELP and be a part of this project?
✅ Donate whatever amount you can by clicking on the link , no matter how small, a little from a lot of people, goes a long way.
✅ Share this page on your social media to friends and family and encourage them to donate, spread the word around the globe. We are DETERMINED to build this bridge and we need your help!!!
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