The Hymany Way Officially Opens After Funding From NTR Foundation
Posted on: October 01 2010
The inaugural walk of the The Hymany Way, a 48km walkers trail in East Co. Galway, will take place this Sunday, 3rd October, 2010. The walkway, which runs from Portumna Bridge to Aughrim received funding from the NTR Foundation and Greenstar Ireland after a successful application to the NTR Foundation Group Projects funding stream by Aughrim Development Company Ltd.
The Aughrim Development Company, a local voluntary organisation set up in 1998 to co-ordinate various local projects for the benefit of the local community, applied for funding in their goal to establish and promote The Hymany Way as an amenity of recreation, history and culture for local people. It also aimed to achieve full accreditation under the guidelines of the National Trails Office.
The successful application resulted in a grant to the Development Company which was provided to facilitate the clean up of litter and illegal dumping along the route, the installation of additional safety signage, the upgrade of information and map boards as well as the production of trail maps and guides to relay relevant information for users of the walkway, which is part of the famous Beire Breifne Way; the longest walkway in Ireland.
The NTR Foundation is the philanthropic organisation of NTR plc and Greenstar is the Irish sustainable waste-management division of NTR plc.
Tara Humphreys, Acting Director of the NTR Foundation said “With Greenstar, we are delighted to have contributed to the successful opening of The Hymany Way. This is not only a beautiful natural amenity for those in the local vicinity but is also a valuable low carbon tourist attraction. This amenity represents resource sustainability at its best and helps to tackle the challenge of climate change and non renewable energy consumption.”
With Greenstar, we are delighted to have contributed to the successful opening of The Hymany Way. This is not only a beautiful natural amenity for those in the local vicinity but is also a valuable low carbon tourist attraction. This amenity represents resource sustainability at its best and help to tackle the challenge of climate change and non renewable energy consumption.Tara Humphreys, Acting Director of the NTR Foundation.
Paddy Naughton, Director of Aughrim Development Company said “We are thrilled that the Hymany Way has officially been opened and achieved full accreditation as a Waymarked way, and placed on the ‘National Trails Register’. This is something as a voluntary organisation we have worked extremely hard for and we are grateful to the NTR Foundation and Greenstar for their contribution to the project. The walk is a fantastic amenity linking history and culture with tourism and recreation and we are delighted that it is open for all to use, and are confident in our future plans for the walk to extend northwards to link with The Suck Valley and on to Leitrim, as well as south to The Ormond Way – a new walking route in North Tipperary, which is currently under development.”
The theme of the walk this coming Sunday will be ‘To the waters and the wild” and it will begin from The Square, Portumna, Co.Galway at 11am.
Note to Editors:
NTR plc, the international renewable energy group, has a desire to make a strong statement about its corporate commitment to environmental issues. In 2008, the establishment of the NTR Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation, was announced with NTR committing funding of €5 million and 2.26 million NTR plc ordinary shares. Officially launched in March 2010, the mission of the NTR Foundation is to address the challenges posed by climate change, resource sustainability and security of energy supply. This will be achieved through the provision of targeted financial and expert support to entrepreneurial projects, research programmes and non-governmental organisations.
Greenstar is Ireland’s leading provider of environmental, waste management and recycling solutions. Employing more than 760 people across 40 sites nationwide, its range of services includes education, research, composting, recycling and the development of facilities for the safe disposal of waste that cannot be reused, recycled or recovered. Greenstar provides waste management solutions to industry, business and domestic customers and in FY2008/9 handled over 1.1 million tonnes of waste, recycling or recovering over 60% of that waste.
Greenstar currently provides household waste and recycling services to over 70,000 household customers in eleven counties nationwide including Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Sligo, Donegal, Kilkenny, Mayo and Co. Down.
Greenstar also provides commercial waste services to over 25,000 business customers nationwide and offers a wide range of options tailored to suit customer needs, whether collection and materials recovery, prevention and minimisation, re-use, on-site recycling and composting, consultancy, to audit and reporting.
Greenstar operates materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in Wicklow, Sligo, Cork and Dublin including Millennium Park, the country’s largest and most sophisticated automated recycling facility which can divert between 70-85% of waste from landfill.
Greenstar owns and operates four EPA licensed, state-of-the-art residual landfill facilities at Kilcullen, County Kildare, Knockharley, County Meath, Kilconnell, Co. Galway and Ballynagran, Co. Wicklow. In 2009, Greenstar was awarded the Green Apple Award for excellence in landfill operations for its residual landfill facility at Ballynagran, Co. Wicklow. It has won this award previously for its facility at Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. In 2008, its facility at Ballynagran, Co. Wicklow was also awarded the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) PEEL Peoples Cup Award for operational excellence of a waste management facility in Ireland UK.
Greenstar has invested over €320M since it was founded in 1999 to develop essential integrated waste management infrastructure and is making further investment in its Dublin operations to produce fossil fuel substitutes (SRF) from waste previously sent for disposal. In 2010, Greenstar will generate enough energy from recycled waste to power 35,000 homes.