Plans approved to extend North Kerry Greenway to Limerick county bounds

On the Right Track at Kilmorna, North Kerry….Kerry County Council has begun the design development works on the greenway linking the Kerry-Limerick county bounds at Rathoran to Listowel town. During late 2017 and early 2018 the old railway corridor was cleared of vegetation and overgrowth to allow for an assessment of the route from an environmental, engineering and accessibility perspective. Inspecting the progress were Landowners and Staff from Kerry County Council, Monty Falvey, Abbeydorney, John O’Connor, Shrone Beirne, Michael McErney, Eamon Scanlon, Kerry County Council, Denis Stack, Eoghan O’Brien, Kerry County Council, John Moloney, Sluice Quarter, John Fitzmaurice.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PIC***

Plans have been approved for the development of a greenway from Listowel to the Limerick county bounds.

Councillors in the Listowel Municipal District approved plans for the 10.5km greenway this morning.

The North Kerry Greenway will be developed along a disused railway line which is in the ownership of Kerry County Council.

It will link up with the Great Southern Trail which extends from Abbeyfeale for 40km into County Limerick.

The decision comes one week after councillors in the Tralee Municipal District voted to approve planning for the Tralee-Fenit Greenway and follows the recent submission of a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for the development of the South Kerry Greenway.

Today, councillors approved a report on the North Kerry Greenway which itemised and considered the 98 submissions received during the public consultation on the project.

The 10.5km route will run from Ballygowloge, at the Tim Kennelly roundabout, in Listowel to the boundary with County Limerick and will take in ten townlands.

The works will be carried out in one phase and will consist of the clearance of the line, the laying of a three-metre wide tarmacadam surface, provision of traffic calming measures, and the reinstatement of drainage and agricultural underpasses where necessary.

Kerry County Council will now apply for funding to develop the greenway.