The days when you can block up towns are over

ON Tuesday, November 1, I needed to travel from Kanturk to Tralee and back.

I was delayed in Castleisland for 45 minutes en route to Tralee and for 55 minutes again on my return journey.

The Irish Examiner carried a short report next day on the success of the horse fair in Castleisland and the huge number of cars travelling to the town for the event.

Having spent a total of one hour and 40 minutes sitting in my car in Castlei sland I would like to point out that, contrary to your report, there were no long lines of cars belonging to fair-goers parked on the outskirts of the town.

In fact, there was ample parking space for the small crowd that turned up for the fair.

The big story that you failed to report was the disastrous traffic problem and the huge inconvenience for the thousands of people trying to go about their business.

There were no warnings of delays in place, and while there was a good garda presence in Castleisland, traffic was, to all intents and purposes, at a standstill throughout the day.

For me, and for many more whose day was turned into a nightmare, mention of Castleisland and its horse fair will forever bring blood to boiling point.

The days of bringing sections of the country to a standstill in this way should be long gone.

Margaret Ahern

‘Stoneyford’

Newmarket Road

Kanturk

Co Cork

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