Sprawling community devastated by pandemic

Drung Hill on Mountain Stage in Kells which will form part of the South Kerry Greenway.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

THE proposed South Kerry Greenway, which would run from Glenbeigh to Renard, would give the “kiss of life” to a community that has been devastated by Covid-19, a Kerry councillor has insisted.

The pandemic has delivered a knockout blow to mid and south Kerry and town like Killorglin and Caherciveen have experienced the worst of the impact, Cllr Michael Cahill has said.

He said it is a long time since he first referred to the South Kerry Greenway as a game-changer and a lifeline and now, more than ever, it is imperative to get the project across the line.

“Anybody watching TV coverage of former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visiting both the Waterford and Mayo Greenways could not help but be impressed with the commercial lift it gave both areas and our product will be far superior to those in my opinion,” Cllr Cahill said.

Cllr Michael Cahill: It would be a game-changer

He said it is essential that the project is given the green light in conjunction with the funds allocated the Town Regeneration Scheme.

Cllr Cahill said the Greenway would attract hundreds of thousands of additional visitors each year and it would help to bring a halt to forced emigration,

“It makes no sense not to proceed with this magnificent opportunity which will pay back the investment in it a thousand fold over and our environment will be all the better for more walkers and cyclists instead of cars,” he remarked.

An Bord Pleanála had given the green light for the 32km €20 million development which would involve the compulsory purchase of over 220 land holdings but two High Court actions challenging the decision have been initiated.