Satnav a headache for tourists

It can be hard enough to get visitors to come to Ireland these days — so sending them astray on the streets of a leading tourist town cannot help things.

A glitch in a satnav system is sending some tourists into the narrow lanes of Killarney, causing damage to vehicles, not to mention confusion and fury.

Killarney town councillor Niall O’Callaghan (Ind), said several incidents have been reported to him .

For example, a visitor outside Killarney Town Hall, wishing to travel to Tralee, would normally drive through Main St, then up High St and straight on — no complications. However, Mr O’Callaghan said the satnav instructs the driver to go left near the top of High St, down past the Brook Lane Hotel and then up Barry’s Lane, which leads back onto High St.

“This is a cobblestone lane, a couple of 100 years old. Tourists drive up the lane and can’t get back down again,’ he said.

“Three cars were damaged in one incident on the lane. This is a crazy situation and we must do something to stop it. Tourists are being sent around in circles.’

The council is to contact a mapping company with a view to having the system corrected.

Meanwhile, tourists using a more traditional form of transport in Killarney are encountering a different problem — speed.

There have been calls for a review of speed limits on the busy Muckross road, after a horse-drawn wagon full of tourists was almost hit by a 4x4.

Had the vehicles collided, there would have been fatalities, Cllr John Sheahan (FG) said.

Kerry County Council is to a carry out a speed review on the road, which is to be examined by a safety engineer after resurfacing in September.

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