South Laois launches cycle trail

GAA President Liam O’Neill will be on hand this weekend when the South Laois Tourism group launches its cycle trail at the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow on Sunday June 17 at 11am.

GAA President Liam O’Neill will be on hand this weekend when the South Laois Tourism group launches its cycle trail at the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow on Sunday June 17 at 11am.

The cycle trail has already proved popular since the signs went up according to Michael G Phelan of the tourism group.

“There are lots of bicycles around at the moment, more are passing through and stopping in the villages like Ballacolla, Ballinakill, Cullahill and Durrow. There are also lots of groups travelling through,” he said.

Later in the year South Laois Tourism will be launching a bigger brochure with more details of services, places to stay, things to do and tourist attractions. This is the first cycle trail to be launched in Laois and organisers are asking everybody to come along, as Michael said, “the more the merrier”.

Organisers are hoping for a big turnout on the day to celebrate the launch. After the launch cyclists can travel on the trail from 11.45am. There are three different routes to suit all people, including a 48km trail, a 22km trail and a 6km trail.

South Laois Tourism recently launched their tourist office which is located at the Castle Arms Hotel. The office has been open for the past six weeks and has been very busy since it opened according to the group.

Michael Bergin, chairman of Laois Partnership launched the office. Mr Phelan told the Leinster Express that there was a great turnout on the night and a great buzz about the new office.

Barbara Welsh is working as the office secretary as part of the Tuas scheme.

“We are delighted with her, she has a great grasp of what we are about and has great interest in the locality. She fits the bill nicely there,” said Mr Phelan.

The office is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm from Monday to Friday.

Visit www.southlaois.com for more information.