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Minister of State Connick Launches "Stopping By Woods - A Guide To The Forests And Woodlands Of Ireland"

Seán Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry, today formally launched 'Stopping by Woods - A Guide to the Forests & Woodlands of Ireland', at a function in the RDS, Dublin.

The book, written by Donal Magner, gives details of 340 forests and woodlands open to the public throughout Ireland with accompanying maps and close to 1,000 photographs.   Welcoming the book, Minister of State Connick commented that it is "a particularly useful and timely publication as it highlights the assets we already have, and enjoy, by way of recreational opportunities in Ireland's forests and woodlands".

Minister of State Connick, congratulating Donal Magner on his publication and noting his recognition of the key role the State has played in restoring Ireland's forest resource, added, "The State continues to assist in the development of the forestry sector and I was pleased to announce last week the allocation by the Government of some €114.5 million to fund the forestry programme in 2011 which is real evidence of this Government's continued commitment to forestry".

In relation to the book itself, the Minister of State highlighted that the forests contained in the publication range from the more famous ones like Killarney and Glendalough to other less well-known forests and also noted there were a number of partnerships throughout the country involved in developing their local forests to enhance their recreational value for the benefit of people living in the vicinity of the particular forest, which also added to the tourism potential of the areas.  He added that 'Stopping by Woods - A Guide to the Forests & Woodlands of Ireland' highlights the forest recreational facilities which are an enormous attraction for local residents and holiday makers who come to Ireland to enjoy our natural heritage.

Date Released: 16 December 2010