New app will open up County Limerick’s ‘tourism gem’ to explorers and visitors

A NEW one-stop app has been launched to help people find new ways to explore the Ballyhoura region, which straddles the borders of Limerick, Cork and Tipperary.

The new Ballyhoura Trail Guide app, which is free to download, is a personal guide for users to discover the region’s trails, where a world of outdoor adventure and cultural heritage awaits to be explored.

Launched by Deputy Mayor Cllr Tom Ruddle, the app was designed to guide visitors through walking, road biking and mountain biking trails and help them discover places to stay, eat and explore.

For walkers, hikers and nature lovers, the app has details of Ballyhoura’s 21 marked trails ranging in distance from 5km to 18km, while mountain bikers and adventurers can check out the app to see which of the 98 km of trails they would like to tackle.

Welcoming the launch, the Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Tom Ruddle, said: “The Ballyhoura trails are a
wonderful convenience in County Limerick. With the launch of the new app, more and more people will be able to enjoy the
facilities and beauty of this part of the county, and the app is ideal for those who want to experience something
different.”

Cllr Ruddle added that the Ballyhouras “are a jewel” in Limerick’s crown and he wants more people to discover them and come to visit.

Those who download the app will be prompted to create their profile as a walker, trail runner, mountain biker, cyclist, bird watcher or nature lover and can customize the app according to their preferences.

Jana Mannion, Head of Tourism and Marketing at Ballyhoura Development CLG, says the new app will play a vital role in promoting outdoor and leisure facilities in the Ballyhoura region to visitors while enabling communities to
explore all the outdoor experiences in their area.

Padraig Fitzgerald, President of Ballyhoura Development CLG, added: “We are delighted to be part of the team launching the new Ballyhoura Trails Guide app, which includes all walking trails, with the addition of mountain biking and road.
cycle paths. This means that the app will have a much greater reach and attract a wider range of visitors to the region.

John Kennedy, Chairman of Ballyhoura Heritage, also welcomed the launch of the app.

“This highly informative and user-friendly new app is a boon for anyone who appreciates the benefits of outdoor outdoor activities as well as the beautiful surroundings of Ballyhoura Country. Our excellent facilities cater for all age groups and at all levels of mobility, whether on foot, by bike or by mountain bike, and we welcome all categories of visitors, from local day trippers to international holidaymakers.

The Ballyhoura Trails app was funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Fáilte Ireland, as part of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Program and in association with Limerick City and County Council.

The initiative is supported by local tourism organizations Ballyhoura Fáilte DAC and Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment CLG.

* Photos by Diarmuid Greene

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