Sports Ireland – Introduction to Walking Trail Planning Course

Sport Ireland Outdoors has announced the launch of the online Introduction to Walking Trail Planning course.  The course, previously an in person training course, aims to introduce learners to a range of considerations, tools and methods which can be used to plan sustainable and enjoyable walking trails.

Interest in outdoor recreation in Ireland has grown significantly in recent years with walking, cycling and water-based trails now being developed throughout the country. The Covid-19 pandemic has also highlighted the importance of outdoor recreation with unprecedented numbers of people turning to recreational walking. Participant numbers in cycling, open water swimming and running have also increased further highlighting the need to develop top class recreational infrastructure to maximise recreation opportunities in the natural environment.

The Introduction to Walking Trail Planning is suitable for anybody with an interest in trails and the outdoors, particularly those who work in trail development including State Bodies, Local Authorities, Trail Managers and those who approve funding for trails projects. The course is also suitable for community groups who have identified a trail and wish to develop it for inclusion on the trails register.

Participants will learn how to use a logical Trail Planning Process to guide the development of sustainable & enjoyable walking trails in Ireland; will develop an awareness of the importance of addressing key issues such as land ownership and access, insurance, environment, ecology and heritage as part of the trail planning process and learn how to develop sustainable and viable trails by focusing on the determination of location, route, target users and trail type.

Speaking about the upcoming courses, Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, said: “Sport Ireland places a particular emphasis on encouraging physical activity in the outdoors and this course offers a high class training opportunity to those with responsibility and interest in trail development. Over the past year, we have turned to the outdoors more than ever before and it is important that we maintain this momentum. We must work together to develop facilities so that we can all enjoy the benefit of sport and physical activity outdoors”.

Dr. Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics, Sport Ireland added: “It is great to see this training course open up again online. It has been a very popular course, giving people an introduction to walking trial planning and empowering people involved in trail development and community groups to further their knowledge to the benefit of their communities. I would encourage anyone with an interst in trails and trail development to sign up and take part. We all appreciate the outdoors so much more after the past year and we have a responsibility to develop it in a sustainable and respectful way”.

The one-day course is run by trained Sport Ireland Outdoors tutors and registration is available on

Course Registration is open:

Tuesday 18th May 09.30am-4pm Book Here

Wednesday 02 June 09.30am-4pm Book Here

Thursday 17th June  09.30am-4pm Book Here

Wednesday 30th June 09.30am-4pm Book Here



Application for The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding to support outdoor recreational infrastructure in countryside areas across Ireland. The 2021 scheme will, in particular, support recreational infrastructure that not only provides an outlet for the communities in which they are situated but that also delivers added value from a tourism perspective, positioning rural areas to respond to the post-COVID-19 economic environment.

SKDP ORIS 2021 Measure 1 Call For EOI’s


If your group wish to be considered for funding, you can do so by downloading the application form, by clicking on the link below. Closing date Friday 28th May at 5pm.

Download the application form:

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2021


Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest

The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest committee are delighted to announce the dates that the festival will take place this year: Saturday to Saturday 9th to 16th October – please save the date!

We will be posting more information here about the festival over the coming weeks 💚

There will be a call for facilitators to run events in due course.


Leader in South Kerry News Letter Spring 2021



In this edition of  Iveragh Edition of LEADER  showcases 14 projects funded under the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme.

Please read our LEADER newsletter which showcases a sample of 14 projects that SKDP funded under the previous LEADER 2014-2020 programme.  This edition of our newsletter focuses on Iveragh and highlights 14 excellent projects that give a flavour of the great work undertaken by our communities in South West Iveragh with LEADER funding.  Watch out for two further editions of our newsletter which will focus on Killarney & Kenmare and on Mid Kerry & Sliabh Mish areas

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