VIDEO: Greenway boost to local community in Nobber
Work is due to start later this month on the next phase of the Boyne Valley to Lakelands County Greenway on a 4km stretch of the old railway track linking Wilkinstown and Gibbstown.
It is 20 years since the last train from Gypsum travelled the tracks through Nobber, while the last passenger train goes back to 1947, but the old track has been getting a new lease of life thanks to the greenway project.
The first phase of the greenway opened last year and is a 1.5km stretch through Nobber which forms part of a 3.5km looped walk, 'Slí na hOibre', around the village. The second phase saw a similar looped walkway developed in Castletown and funding to link both sections has been secured and is due to go to tender shortly. This will include a new bridge over the N52 close to Cassidy's Cross.
Already the greenway has been a huge boost to the local Nobber community both economically with a number of new businesses setting up in recent months but also for locals and visitors who have been enjoying the facility.
Cllr Eugene Cassidy, who has been the main driving force behind the greenway project, said the stretch linking Wilkinstown and Gibbstown should take a month or two to complete. However, the next stage from Gibbstown to Navan requires Tara Mines to move a water pipe on the tailings pond, which should be completed next April, with work to proceed then on the 4km to Navan.
The last piece of the jigsaw is the link between Nobber and Kingscourt- an 8km stretch that will pass alongside the scenic Whitewood Lake and through Kilmainhamwood village before continuing on to Kingscourt. Cllr Cassidy explained that a joint funding application between Meath County Council and Cavan County Council will be made next year for the €1m project. Once this gets funding approval, it will be the last section in the overall 30km Boyne Valley to Lakelands County Greenway which will run from Navan to Kingscourt along the route of the old railway track.