Official Opening of The Great Western Greenway, cycling and hiking trail

Official opening of The Great Western Greenway


Great day …this opening of The Great Western Green way. The Taoiseach [Prime Minister] Enda Kenny led the peloton as we set out from Westport, to Newport, Mulrany and into Achill Sound. It is wonderful to have a Taoiseach who can participate comfortably in such a cycle trip. Michael Ring, Minister for Tourism also did the entire trip. The sun shone and everybody was happy with the trip, not one for speed records though!!! This Taoiseach is very well liked and hundreds came out to see the peloton. That meant lots of stops and tapes to be cut etc. A hard core of 40 plus cyclists did the entire trip, while many locals joined us for short distances. It was enjoyable to spin along and chat with the Taoiseach, and for a few hours he had no cares to attend to, just the chat and banter that accompanies a peloton as it travels along. We all enjoyed ourselves. Well done everybody who played any part in putting this Great Western Greenway in place, especially the land owners whose generosity of spirit is to be acknowledged.


About the Author:

Joe is an author, poet, historian, and guided walks consultant. He lives in Newport, Co. Mayo. Scriptwriter and presenter of “Old Port to Newport”, Joe McDermott is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books including Sheegorey (historical fiction), the History of St. Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar, as well as hiking guide books such as The Western Way, The Bangor Trail, and The Foxford Way.