In 2010, Mulranny Tidy Towns had an opportunity to initiate the Community Futures Program, a program originally developed in Scotland and embraced by Mayo County Council as a community engagement process for the development of local towns and villages. This provided the local community the opportunity to vote on their priorities for village development.
The Tidy Towns Committee and local community liaised with the N.R.A., Mayo County Council and a village design was drawn up with full community participation. Following on from the village design statement, works associated with the provision of the promenade commenced in 2011, completing in 2015, with an investment of €3.4m.
The promenade is located at the centre of the village along the N59 on the hugely popular Wild Atlantic Way and some 100 meters from the Great Western Greenway. Mulranny is positioned at the gateway to Achill Island, Ballycroy National Park and the Erris peninsula. The Promenade offers both locals and visitors breath-taking viewpoints of Clew Bay, Mulranny Causeway and pier and Croagh Patrick. Additionally, it offers seating, bike stands, picnic tables, waste bins, and is closely situated to the bus stop, post office, shops, tourist office and is enhanced with trees and planters ablaze with colour in the summer months. Mulranny Park Hotel and a number of guest houses are within a short walking distance of the promenade.
During the summer months this area is a hive of activity enticing visitors from the WAW and the Greenway to rest and enjoy the spectacular views, while at Christmas time the trees are illuminated with festive light, creating a magical atmosphere. This development has significantly enhanced our village and the local businesses have also derived benefit, creating employment for all age groups. Mulranny in past years has been awarded several accolades including; National Notice & Nature Award; Eden Destination; Small Tourism Town Award; Tidy Towns Bronze medals in 2017 & 2018.
The Promenade, Mulranny, Co Mayo
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