Meath County Council is delighted to announce the official opening of the Boyne Valley to
Lakelands Greenway.
The Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Tommy Reilly, Jack Chambers T.D.,
Minister of State at the Department of Transport and the Department of Environment,
Climate and Communications, and Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Rural and
Community Development, carried out the official opening in the presence of Meath County
Council Elected members, Oireachtas members, and invited guests.
This project commenced in 2013 and was funded by the Department of Transport, Transport
Infrastructure Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development, Meath
County Council, and Cavan County Council.
Ireland’s newest Greenway provides a 30km car-free pathway starting at the Blackwater
Park in Navan and traveling along the former Midland Great Western Railway, steeped in
natural, built, and cultural heritage, to Kingscourt, finishing at Dun an Rí Forest Park.
Speaking at the opening Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Tommy Reilly said, “As
Cathaoirleach as well as a Councillor representing Navan Municipal District, I am
enormously proud to attend the opening of the Greenway between counties Meath and
Cavan. The Greenway will bring economic benefits as well as very important health and
social benefits to our communities. It’s a great day for the region and, in particular, North
Meath, and I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of all those involved in bringing the
project to its entirety.”
Minister Jack Chambers T.D. said, “The opening of the Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway
represents an exciting development for Counties Meath and Cavan. Approximately €3
million has been spent by the Department of Transport in developing this Greenway route
to date, with further investment committed. I am delighted to mark the start of Bike Week
by opening this new Greenway today, which offers 30km of safe, accessible active travel
infrastructure and will encourage greater levels of travel via cycling and walking rather than
private car use amongst leisure users, tourists, and commuters.”
Minister Heather Humphreys T.D added “Projects like this greenway are not just places
where we can go for a walk, a run, or a cycle. They are places where we can come together
as family and friends – they have become social outlets for so many more people over the
last few years. My Department has provided over €2.1 Million since 2018 to develop and
enhance this wonderful recreation amenity. I have always placed great importance on
investment in our outdoor amenities – our rivers, our lakes, our walkways, and cycleways. It
has provided a real boost both socially and economically to rural Ireland, allowing for the
recreational enhancement of local facilities which can be enjoyed by locals and visitors
alike.”
Chief Executive of Meath County Council, Kieran Kehoe, said, “Driving growth in the region
through tourism is a key priority for Meath County Council, and having top-class visitor
attractions such as this Greenway is an integral part of this. Developing compelling visitors
experiences is key in terms of attracting visitors from around the world and I have no doubt

that this newly developed Greenway will provide a top-class experience, with incredible
scenery, for locals and overseas visitors alike”.

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12th May, 2024. Official opening of Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway at Kilmainhamwood by Ministers Jack Chambers and Heather Humphreys. Also in attendance were Meath Co Co CEO Kieran Kehoe, Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council Tommy Reilly, Ministers Helen McEntee, Thomas Byrne, Cllr Eugene Cassidy and other invited guests. Photo:Barry Cronin