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Waterford Greenway scoops gold and Grand Prix awards in All Ireland  Community and Council Tourism Awards

Waterford’s stunning Greenway has scooped gold in the coveted All Ireland Community and Council Awards and has been crowned Ireland’s 'Best Tourism Initiative’ in the competition.

It has also taken the 'Grand Prix Award’ for 2018, a special commendation for outstanding excellence and an award presented only to projects that receive the highest marks from the competition’ esteemed judging panel. The Awards were presented on Saturday, February 3, at a ceremony in Croke Park.

It’s a spectacular double coup as the 46km off-road cycling and walking trail edges towards its very 1st birthday celebrations on March 25. Competition was intense and all involved with the Waterford Greenway should be very proud of the All Ireland title wins, according to Michael Walsh, Chief Executive with Waterford City and County Council.

Paying tribute after the awards to the staff who maintain the Greenway and the communities who have embraced it and made so many visitors feel welcome, Mr Walsh said: "Some counties and communities talk about being self-sufficient, about providing local employment, enhancing their natural resources for their economic, social and cultural benefit and for generations to come. We’ve developed the Greenway and they have come – in their droves.

"The Waterford Greenway has transformed this county. There is no doubt about that. The economic benefits are evident everywhere you go. Coffee shops, hotels and other accommodation providers, bars, shops, restaurants, bike hire companies and more all reporting a boom in trade. "But the real winners are the people of Waterford who have been such great Greenway ambassadors as well as the families, the groups, the individuals who use our Greenway again and again and who are reaping the health and wellbeing benefits. That will be its true legacy, I believe.”

Trails Officer with Waterford City and County Council, Johnny Brunnock, was among those to accept the IPB Insurance and Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) Awards at Croke Park. He was over the moon.

"It has been an incredible first 10 months for everyone associated with the Waterford Greenway. It has given us all such a lift in so many ways. Over 250,000 people have already visited the

Waterford Greenway and the economic, social, sporting and other benefits it has brought are simply unbelievable. It’s brilliant to see so many local people, visiting families, adult groups, clubs and societies using the Greenway and spending time in Waterford,” he said.

Figures released in early December show that since it opened in March 2017, 247,545 have enjoyed using the Waterford Greenway. Of these, 105,639 were on foot and 141,906 have cycled it.

Well over 9 out of 10 (94%) of visitors to the Waterford Greenway http://www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com

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.

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