Greenway for Athenry

Create a walking and cycling greenway on the closed railway from Sligo to Athenry

Greenway Athenry on old Western Rail Trail

The closed railway line from Sligo (Collooney) to Athenry has been closed for over four decades and is lying in waste. There is very little hope it will ever be opened as a railway again.  People along the route in small towns and villages in the West of Ireland want to see something happen. They have seen the success that greenways on old railways can achieve, a new facility re-inventing the closed railway will bring civic pride to these towns and villages, creating a public space to enjoy.  It will also create many jobs in tourism, a proven fact as greenways the world over attract tourists. We are asking you to sign our petition to the Irish Minister of Transport Shane Ross to say please make this simple project happen.

This petition will be delivered to:

  • Minister of Transport Tourism and Sport
    Shane Ross TD
  • Mayo County Manager
    Peter Hynes
  • Galway County Manager
    Kevin Kelly
  • Sligo County Manager
    Ciaran Hayes
  • Minister for Public Expenditure
    Paschal Donohoe
  • Minister for Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht
    Minister Heather Humphries

Here is the body of the letter for this petition:

“I have just signed the on-line petition to Create a walking and cycling greenway on the closed railway from Sligo to Athenry; this could easily be done and this position would be supported by Irish Rail. Opposition to this plan is based on the myth that the railway will re-open at sometime, it is time for a reality check and to start listening to the thousands that want to see the greenway happen.”

The petition is running on the website at the following address:

Have your voice heard

As set out in the public consultation paper, submissions can be made electronically to or by post to:

Sustainable Transport Division
Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Leeson Lane
D02 TR60

The closing date for submissions is Friday 14th July.

Details of Funding announced for Greenway projects:

Local Authority Details of Project Funding awarded:
Kildare/Meath Maynooth to Westmeath Border (Galway to Dublin Greenway) Continuation of works commenced in 2016 €4.5m in 2017
Waterford Greenway (completion of works including additional surfacing, Bilberry Road extension and accommodation works) €1.6m –

Please support and share; it’s through our actions as citizens that we can shape our community.

Athenry a community working together

Further Information:

Map of current and funded greenways throughout Ireland

Consultation Paper on Greenways – learn more about the benefits and potential for communities