Progress needed on Knockma amenity

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East Galway TD Paul Connaughton is hopeful of a positive outcome after Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, visited Knockma in Caherlistrane last week to view the heritage trail and learn how the purchase of additional lands at the top of Knockma would be a vital action in terms of completing this piece of tourism infrastructure.
‘Last Saturday week, Minister Humphreys visited Knockma at my invitation and met with members of the local committee who have been working on this project for many years. The local committee is anxious that the National Parks and Wildlife Service would purchase land on the top of Knockma which would help complete this fantastic tourist attraction.
‘The 170 metre hill is associated in mythology with both Queen Maeve and the Finnavara, King of the Connacht fairies. Walkers and heritage enthusiasts travel to Knockma from all over the county and province due to the fantastic walking trail currently available and it is my belief that the purchase of this land will finish off this fantastic project.
‘I have been working with the local community council for a number of years on this project and know from meeting with Minister Humphreys again this week that she was very impressed both by the walking trail and scenic views from Knockma and also the hard work and commitment of the local people who met her on the day.
‘I will be contacting the Minister on a weekly basis with a view to progressing this project and hope that officials from her office will make a visit to Knockma so that they can have a better understanding of why the purchase of this additional land is so vital to this project. I will be pushing for a positive response in relation to this matter in coming months.’