Cross-border plan to link up

Pictured at the Rivers Links project launch at the Villa Rose Hotel Ballybofey for the new footpath & lighting to Dooneyloop to Clady and Clady Bridge are Karen Mc Pharland (Strabane District Council),Gerard Bogle (Clady Devlopement association),Joe Bogle (Clady Devlopement association),and Geraldine Stafford (Strabane District Council).Photo by Gerard Mc Hugh
Pictured at the Rivers Links project launch at the Villa Rose Hotel Ballybofey for the new footpath & lighting to Dooneyloop to Clady and Clady Bridge are Karen Mc Pharland (Strabane District Council),Gerard Bogle (Clady Devlopement association),Joe Bogle (Clady Devlopement association),and Geraldine Stafford (Strabane District Council).Photo by Gerard Mc Hugh

A unique cross-border initiative linking Donegal and Strabane has unveiled its latest project.

Partners in the River Links Project, which is valued at 2.1 million euro, include Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, and the Ballybofey and Stranorlar Integrated Community Company.

The focus of the River Links Project is on the Finn Valley in Co. Donegal and neighbouring areas in Strabane including the Finn and Artigarvan districts.

The development of a Community Enterprise Centre is an element of the project which is part financed by the EU.

When completed, the new enterprise centre will provide Ballybofey and Stranorlar with a state of the art facility for business with a particular focus on new technology.

In addition to the enterprise centre, there are other outputs of the River Links Project - the development of a footpath between the villages of Clady and Doneyloop, improvements to the historic Clady Bridge and environmental improvements around the village, and the development of the Foyle Wetlands which will include access to the Strabane Canal for canoeists.

The final aspect of the project is the establishment of the Finn and Foyle Rural Network which will aim to bring together groups to deal with common challenges.

Kieran Doherty, Chairperson of BASICC, said: “The overall project aims to develop the Community Resource and Enterprise Hub to create a space to support Community, Social and Economic regeneration with a focus on shared community”.