Prospective Independent candidate for the Roscommon South Leitrim by-election Former Mayor of Roscommon Tom Crosby has welcomed this very important conference which he says will “no doubt progress the proposal to developed as a national park the tens of thousands  hectares throughout the counties of Roscommon Leitrim and Longford. “

“This major national amenity is the brainchild of Strokestown Native John Fallon,” states the former Mayor and will have major benefits for Tourism Lakeland district such as walking cycling trails and many other outdoor activities. “

Tom Crosby who is a former chairman of Failte Ireland West goes on to say that activity holidays are now the fastest growing type of holiday in the world.

The future development of the Mid-Shannon peat lands will be the main topic for discussion at a special conference to be held at the Corlea Interpretative Centre in Kenagh this Friday.

The conference is being organised by the Wetlands Heritage Ireland Group who say the thousands of hectares of bog land that will have come to the end of harvesting by Bord na Mona in the next few years.

20,000 hectares of the bog land is in Co Longford alone, and Senior Planning Officer with Longford Council, Donal Mac an Bheatha, says applications need to start for funding to try to develop the area as an attraction for visitors.

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