New Park plan Boost for Ballyleague As Access group wins national award


The award winning Lough Ree Access for all social enterprise group in Ballyleague, Lanesborough is
pleased to announce they are taking part in a national drive to promote local green spaces,
biodiversity and community connections with new funding, secured through the AXA Parks Fund.
Access for all – with its nationally known wheelchair boat on the Shannon- is one of the selected
projects committed to enhancing community connections and environments by improving local
infrastructure and amenities along the banks of the Shannon in Ballyleague and nearby , after
receiving support from the new AXA Parks Fund, which is promoting green spaces across all 32
People of all ages will have access to a new green space – in a project being promoted alongside
Roscommon county council’s Outdoor recreation plan for the riverside park area in Ballyleague
which will not only help improve health and wellbeing but will also seek address the bio-diversity
emergency which has seen many flowers, plants, trees and animals in danger, or in some cases
The project will see the introduction of new Irish native trees and shrubs, new bird boxes in the area
, a beautiful new willow tunnel and much much more
Ciaran Mullooly from Lough Ree Access for all says:
“We have been working with Roscommon county council on this project for some time but The
support of the AXA Parks Fund through The Community Foundation for Ireland is a great help in
turning our vision into reality. We are working with ecologist Isabella Donnelly on the project . Local
green spaces are vital assets which should be protected, promoted and supported. Our work now
will not only deliver benefits for local people now but will help ensure the survival of our local
biodiversity to be enjoyed for generations to come. Over 3000 people a year now visit the park to
use the access for all boat and we hope they will enjoy the changes we are making .”
This project is one of 84 being undertaken by community groups across Ireland with funding totalling
€900,000 from the AXA Parks Fund.
Antoinette McDonald, Director of Marketing at AXA said “AXA Parks is about helping local
communities to thrive by empowering them with the resources they need to bring projects to life.
Small, local groups continue to work tirelessly to deliver meaningful projects in their local
communities. The grants announced today will become alive over the coming months as the
community projects take shape and will brighten up the countryside for everyone next Spring and
Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland added:

“AXA Parks is helping enhance and develop green spaces for people of all ages and will be a
gathering point for local communities. We are delighted to play an active role in this grants
programme, which aligns with our own commitment to Sustainable Futures for all. The AXA Parks
Fund hands communities the tools they need to make change in their own areas, centring local
expertise and insight in an inspiring range of projects across the island supporting thriving
ecosystems and stronger communities.”