Waterford Greenway Celebrates its 1st Birthday this Weekend
Waterford’s multi award-winning Greenway celebrates its first birthday this weekend with a ‘Birthday Bumps’ drive which aims to encourage as many people as possible to get out, get active and enjoy using the 46km off-road cycling and walking trail.
Among the many big names to have visited the Greenway over the past year since it was opened by Minister Simon Coveney are sporting legends Paul O’Connell, Sonia O’Sullivan, Sam Bennett, Derek McGrath and Niamh Briggs as well as actress Carrie Crowley, celebrity chef Paul Flynn, model and foodie Roz Purcell and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
A series of fundraisers organised by Dungarvan Youthreach and the Greenway Joggers take place on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, with monies raised going to the Irish Cancer Society. Sunday marks the Greenway’s first birthday and is set to be a family-focused celebration, with costumed characters buzzing about and available for selfies between 2 and 5pm.
It’s been a phenomenal start for the Waterford Greenway as it scooped the ‘Grand Prix Award’ and ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ prizes at the All Ireland Community and Council Awards earlier this year. Close to 250,000 people used the Waterford Greenway in its first 10 months.
The Waterford Greenway is Ireland’s longest greenway and the spectacular, 46km off-road cycling and walking trail stretches from the Viking City of Waterford to the picturesque coastal town of Dungarvan.
Visitors are invited to travel along Waterford Greenway in Ireland’s Ancient East from the City along the River Suir, by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains, the Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay.