Shannon Monastic Greenway consultation

 08 Oct 2021

Offaly County Council, Westmeath County Council, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and LUC consulting are holding a drop-in consultation event on Tuesday 12th October 2021 for the communities of Offaly and Westmeath to have their say on a new greenway between Athlone and Shannon Harbour via Shannonbridge.

The workshop is being run by consultancies TOBIN and LUC in partnership with Offaly County Council and Westmeath County Council to help inform the route of the greenway. The event will be held between 12pm and 8pm at the Ballinahown Community Centre Co. Westmeath Eircode N37 D76. All are welcome to drop in at any point within these times, for as long as convenient. Covid-19 protection measures will be in place, including a clearly identifiable Covid-19 Compliance Officer. 

The project, which is funded under the 2020 Carbon Tax Fund, will involve extensive public consultation and participation and is starting with a ‘blank sheet’ in the examination of possible route corridors. We would very much appreciate your thoughts on where you think the greenway should be routed and the issues / opportunities which are evident. Response from this initial consultation will be translated into a number of greenway route options for further consultation later in the project.

The greenway will aim to link the Grand Canal Greenway at Shannon Harbour and the Old Rail Trail at Athlone, via the industrial heritage peatlands in west Offaly, and the internationally important monastic site at Clonmacnoise. The project is being project managed by Offaly County Council, but the study area will encompass parts of both Offaly and Westmeath.

This is your opportunity to get involved in your local community and its future. Offaly County Council, Westmeath County Council and TOBIN look forward to welcoming you at the event.

Please also visit our Consultation Hub for further information and to leave your feedback.

If you would like any further information regarding this project, please contact TOBIN via the Project Manager Brian Gallagher by email

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TOBIN is an Irish-owned and Irish-operated engineering practice. Trading since 1952, with over 100 employees, they are one of the largest engineering practices in Ireland. TOBIN have offices in Galway, Dublin and Castlebar. TOBIN have a strong reputation in Ireland for developing infrastructural projects across many sectors, including sports and amenity projects, transport projects, commercial and industrial projects, water services and flood management. TOBIN has delivered multiple projects similar to this, with strong references from dozens of Local Authorities and from national entities such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


LUC is an award-winning environmental consultancy providing planning, impact assessment, landscape design and ecology services to a wide range of public and private sector clients.

With a track record of over 50 years and a team of over 190 skilled professionals, we bring a passion for the environment and a determination to achieve sustainable development on behalf of our clients.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovative thinking, successfully resolving even the most complex of issues. We care about the legacy we leave and hope to make a real difference through the work we do.

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