County Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG
Supporting Enterprise and Community of County Sligo

071 9141138

Rural Recreation

Co. Sligo is one of 12 areas selected nationally for operating a scheme for the development of Rural Recreation. The brief of the Rural Recreation Officer includes product development, co-ordination and promotion of the broader recreation product.

Sligo LEADER Partnership Co Ltd feels that there is huge potential for the positive exploitation of the range of geographic amenities that the county possesses: mountains, inland waterways, coast etc and the activities that can happen there.

The Rural Recreation Officer works with community groups and small business enterprises to access advice, support and funding for the development and improvement of recreational projects, activity tourism and related infrastructure. Sligo LEADER Partnership through Meehan Tully & Associates undertook a consultation process and analysis of the suggested development for the Rural Recreation product in County Sligo. This strategy will enable clear, strategic development of the recreation product and will signpost areas which will benefit from further investment.

Over the last five years Co. Sligo LEADER Partnership has directly invested over €750,000 in Tourism Recreation businesses in Co. Sligo. This investment has been in Capital, Equipment, Marketing, Mentoring, R&D and Training for SMEs or Start-ups operating in the sector. We have also provided soft supports to 38 recreation businesses in 2014 alone. Sligo LEADER Partnership has recently embarked on a campaign in conjunction with Starling Digital Media and local recreation providers to promote Sligo as the Recreation/Adventure Capital for Ireland. The campaign will run over 52 weeks is based on the usage of the #AdventurecapitalofIreland. The campaign will promote the usage of this hashtag across all social media platforms by providers and those partaking in activities. As part of the #AdventureCapital campaign, Sligo LEADER partnership is providing an hour-long one-to-one digital marketing mentoring session with tourism recreational businesses. Please email to make an appointment.*Please note that preference will be given to businesses who have not availed of such supports previously. Funding for the social media campaign came from the Rural Recreation section of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Considerable labour and expenditure has been invested in the development of new and existing walking trails in recent years in Sligo, through the support of the office of the Rural Recreation Officer. The RRO has assisted in the development of a dedicated walks publication and walks website which showcase the best that Sligo has to offer in terms of walking, featuring a wide range of walks including loop walks, way-marked ways and forest walks from around the County; with stunning photographs, detailed maps and information, walkers will be spoilt for choice. Log onto


Contact: Deirdre Kennedy
Phone: 071 9141138 


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