Killarney put its best foot forward with major new pathway plan

Official plans for the new cycleway and walkway which is outlined by the narrow red line

THE green light has been given for what has been described as “a world class facility” for locals and visitors in Killarney.

Municipal District Council members today gave the thumbs-up for a major new cycleway and walkway, running from Ross Road to Flesk Bridge, which will provide a continuous and spectacular off-road route between the national park at Knockreer and the park at Muckross.

A Part 8 planning process was undertaken and the required public consultation phase has now concluded.

A total of 11 submissions or observations were received within the prescribed period, including correspondence from residents of Priory Paddocks, Castlefalls, Flesk Road and The Priory as well as Cyclist.ie/An Taisce, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Kerry County Council senior engineer, Paul Neary, said eight of the 11 submissions specifically supported the development and while others sought assurances, no objections were received.

Mr Neary and Killarney Municipal District engineer, John Ahern, dealt very comprehensively with all the issues raised in the submissions at today’s meeting and also answered any queries raised by elected members.

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The route will run through the townlands of Woodlawn, Bunrower, Scrahane, and Demesne – including a section of the Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park – and the proposed works will consist of the construction of a 2.5m wide cycleway and walkway with boundary walls and fences and all associated ancillary and accommodation works.

All councillors described the development as a very positive addition to Killarney and they very much welcomed the initiative which will provide a magnificent activity for local people and holidaymakers.

Killarney Town Manager said the proposed development is considered to be in accordance with proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

“This enables us to build a world class facility that will greatly enhance Killarney,” she said, adding that in linking the parks, it will effectively give access to 20 miles of off-road cycleway.

Killarney Municipal District Economic Development and Tourism Officer, Maria Ní Cheallaigh, and her colleagues will now put plans in place to apply for funding for the development from a number of sources.

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