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25/03/2017. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Ireland’s longest Greenway officially opens in Waterford. Pictured at the official opening of the Waterford Greenway with Minister Simon Coveney TD the last Rail Station Master at Durrow (On The Greenway) is Paddy Joe Maher – Station Master from 1963-67. Further information is available at www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com. Picture Patrick Browne
Ireland’s longest Greenway officially opens in Waterford
Thousands attend festivities to mark launch of €15 million project

25 March 2017: Up to 10,000 people celebrated the official opening today, Saturday of the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland. Events took place at three different locations in Waterford and on the Greenway itself to mark the launch of the €15 million project, which runs 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western Railway line.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the old Kilmacthomas Station House, the half way point on the trail, while family-friendly events took place at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus, the Dungarvan Causeway and Kilmacthomas village.

Speaking at Kilmacthomas, Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse said: “The Greenway is a wonderful asset for the South East. The trail will be an invaluable tourism draw for the region, where visitors, either on foot or by bike, can take in spectacular views, from the Comeragh mountains to the Copper Coast.”

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD added: “This world class amenity will provide a boost to the local economy, along with offering leisure, health, transportation and environmental benefits. A shining example for future projects of its kind across the country, the Waterford Greenway highlights Ireland’s focus on promoting sustainable tourism.”
 
The opening ceremony at Kilmacthomas saw a performance from a choir of over 60 primary school children, while

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