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New look for old road to cost €382,000

The shocking state of the old Kenmare road leading up to the Upper Torc car park in Killarney National Park.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

ROAD repairs and improvements works on the Old Kenmare Road in Killarney National Park are due to commence on Monday next and it will involve a €382,000 investment in the reconstruction of the road.

The Old Kenmare road ­– locally known as the Tanks Road – runs from the junction of the N71 to the upper car park at Torc. It will be closed to all vehicular, cycling and pedestrian access from Monday, May 17 to Monday, July12 to facilitate the repairs.

The project forms part of the Killarney Municipal District Schedule of Works Programme for 2021 and is funded via an Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure Scheme to the value of €250,000 and a Local Improvement Scheme investment to the value of €132,000.

Mayor Brendan Cronin: It’s an important and iconic route

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said the investment is a fantastic boost for locals and visitors and it will ensure that a route which had deteriorated in recent years will now be brought up to standard.

“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Kerry County Council was not in a position to carry out the works earlier in the year but work is now proceeding to ensure as much work as possible can be completed ahead of the tourist season,” he said.

“The Old Kenmare Road is such an important and iconic route for local walkers and for those who visit Killarney and I look forward to the completion of this work at the earliest opportunity,” said Cllr Cronin.

Kerry County Council, in conjunction with Killarney National Park, has asked the public not to park at the junction of the Old Kenmare road and the N71

Kerry County Council, in conjunction with Killarney National Park, has asked the public not to park at the junction of the Old Kenmare road and the N71 as this will impede construction traffic entering and exiting the site.

For those wishing to access the boardwalk on Torc Mountain they can do so by parking at the car parks at Springfield or at Torc Waterfall and then use the existing trail network to access the Old Kenmare Road.