Waterford is on the (Green)way while Kerry is in the Milky Way

Two years ago Waterford City and County Council and Kerry County Council were both awarded State funding for developing Greenways along old railways.

Waterford is on the (Green)way while Kerry is in the Milky Way

Waterford will have excelled themselves when they actually deliver double the expected route length before the end of 2016.

The result will be a 50km state of the art cycleway along the CIÉ owned line. Waterford Council are now encouraging private enterprises to take advantage of their superb new amenity.

Kerry County Council hasn’t yet turned a sod along their Glenbeigh-Cahersiveen project which was promoted as being “shovel ready” two years ago; a statement still being contested by some of the private landowners who now own that old railway.

Meanwhile, the former North Kerry line, still in State ownership (like Waterford), languishes; there being no apparent impetus by Kerry County Council to develop it and thereby extend the 40km West Limerick Great Southern Trail Greenway to Listowel, Tralee, and Fenit by a further 50km.

Thus, the opportunity to have Ireland’s longest Greenway at the doorstep of Kerry and Shannon airports is being lost and so is the spinoff to local businesses.

Kerry has deservedly been accorded accolades for its scenes in ‘Star Wars’.

Unfortunately, when it comes to Greenways it is definitely orbiting in a different planetary system to Waterford.

Liam O’Mahony

Cathaoirleach

Great Southern Trail

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