Project Progress

The National Galway to Dublin Cycleway project will be delivered in six separate sections. The development of this Project is widely supported and significant progress has been made to date.
Here is a status update on each of the six sections.


Currently Open - 104 km Athlone to Maynooth 


To date 104 km of the Galway to Dublin Greenway has been completed and it is now possible to travel along the greenway from Athlone town to Maynooth in Co. Kildare. The remaining sections are at various stages of development.


The section between Dublin City and Maynooth consists of a series of smaller projects which are currently at various stages of development under the general aegis of the NTA (National Transport Authority;

62km in length. The Greenway between Maynooth and Mullingar is currently open to cyclists and pedestrians. 

42km in length. This section known as The Old Rail Trail runs along an old railway line and was opened 2015.

The 1.1 km section from Whitegates to the Marina is currently at the stage of detailed design and is programmed to go construction in June 2020.


A cycle underpass beneath the Dublin Galway railway line was installed by Irish Rail in 2019. From the underpass the proposed cycleway travels along the perimeter of St Vincent’s Hospital and the Abbey Graveyard before reaching Athlone Marina. 

0.5km in length. The section to the west of the Marina Building has been developed to cross the River Shannon with a new bridge and link to Athlone Castle where the development of a new cycle-hub is planned. This section is undergoing detailed design. A cycle-hub will be created at Athlone Castle which will act as a mid-point focus of the Galway to Dublin cycleway, when complete.

The final section from Athlone Castle to the Roscommon border and on to Galway City is  is being developed with a fresh new start.  New consultants have been appointed to start with a blank canvas in developing a route for the Galway to Athlone section of the circa 270km cycleway, that will link Galway and Dublin.

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