After years in the pipeline, work is finally set to get underway on a 1 mile extension of the Youghal Eco Boardwalk.
A Contractor for the works is to be appointed this week with construction of the new section, stretching from Redbarn to Claycastle, to begin in April.
In 2012 Planning Permission was granted for Phase Two of the Town’s iconic wooden walkway.
Winter storm damage to a 400 metre section of the Boardwalk in 2013/2014, however, delayed progress of Stage Two of the project.
Over €200,000 was provided from a Central Government Fund in 2014 for the reinstatement of the popular walk.
Fáilte Ireland had provided 75% of the initial funding for Phase One which extends from the Front Strand to Claycastle. However, an application for monies for Phase Two was unsuccessful.
Half a million Euro is now being provided through the Department of Rural and Community Development to finalise the scheme.
The extension of the Boardwalk means that people in wheelchairs and mothers and fathers with children in buggies, can travel the entire seven kilometres of Youghal beach, which is vitally important to the town which is dependant on tourism.
East Cork Municipality Chairwoman, Councillor Mary Linehan Foley, welcomed the news stating it was “badly needed” for the area.
She said she hoped it could be in place ahead of this year’s Ironman event, which is set to focus on the beach areas of the town.