Southern Trail News...
Fáilte to all ages this Sunday (17th June) at
5pm for a Greenway family cycle commencing at Abbeyfeale's Old Railway
Station. Bring your own bike or contact
firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to hire a bike. A great
opportunity for our neighbours across the Kerry Border to experience the
delights of Greenways which will hopefully become a reality for Fenit,
Tralee, Kilmorna and Listowel in the near future.
World Bicycle Day - Sunday
3rd June - Great Southern Greenway Limerick Event
family cycle will be taking place on Sunday 3rd June. As well as celebrating
World Bicycle Day, Limerick City County Council are also launching the town
loops for each of the towns along the route. We hope that will assist the
ongoing development of the Greenway.
Kerry County Council is holding a public consultation day regarding the
proposed North Kerry Greenway – Listowel to Limerick County Bounds (Sluicequarter).
|Fenit Parish Centre
|Wednesday 23rd May 2018
||11am - 8pm
|Listowel Arms Hotel
|Thursday 24th May 2018
||11am - 8pm
Maps of the route of the proposed greenway will be on display for
inspection throughout the day. Kerry County Council officials will be
available to discuss any aspect of the project on a one-to-one basis
with landowners and interested parties during the hours specified above.
Senior Executive Engineer,
Capital Infrastructure Unit,
Kerry County Council,
Irish Times: Walk for the Weekend" features the 17km Newcastle West-
Rooskagh Loop including the Great Southern Greenway and minor roads
Walk for the weekend: Another greenway to try
in Co Limerick
Visit to Barnagh Tunnel
Visiting Greenway experts from England and
Wales, Chris Grimshaw, David Hall, David Judd and John Grimshaw enjoyed a
cupán tae at Barnagh Tunnel during their visit to the Great Southern Trail (GST)on
13 April 2018.(see photo)
This was John's first visit to the tunnel since he wrote his comprehensive
report on the construction of the Greenway thirty years ago. He looks
forward to the tunnel being fully integrated into the GST in line with his
proposals of 1988 as it is such an iconic feature of the old railway line.
Greenways illustrated lecture in Abbeyfeale
On Friday 13 April 2018 there was a large
attendance at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale for the presentation by
Greenways expert John Grimshaw from Bristol.
Thirty years ago John carried out the initial study recommending the
conversion into a Greenway of the former railway from Ballingrane (near
Rathkeale) to Tralee.
This was John's first time cycling the Great Southern Trail and he was
accompanied by three fellow experts on their tour of several Irish
His illustrated talk in Abbeyfeale which was organised by the Great Southern
Trail Ltd. (GST voluntary group) attracted an audience from near and far.
Photo: L to R. Damien Ó Tuama, Dublin (Cyclist.ie); David Judd, Swansea
(Greenway expert); Seán Thornton, Lixnaw; Kathleen Leddin, Limerick; Michael
Guerin, Listowel (GST North Kerry Convenor); Róisín Ní Ghaorbhith, Clare;
John Grimshaw, Bristol; Liam O'Mahony, Newcastle West (Cathaoirleach GST);
Brian Leddin, (Limerick Cycling Campaign).
Great Southern Trail Annual May Bank Holiday Day Trip
A Coach will depart the Market Yard, Newcastle
West on Monday 7th May at 7am for a visit to walk/cycle sections of the very
scenic Great Western Greenway in the Achill area of County Mayo.
Breakfast and evening dinner en route will be
included in the €60 cost (but bike hire will be extra). Due back in
Newcastle West at 11pm. Payment to Pat Condon, Upr. Maiden St., Newcastle
West. 069 62344 (5-6pm). Cheques payable to Great Southern Trail Ltd.
Beidh fáilte romhat!
Presentation by John Grimshaw
On Friday 13th April 2018 at 8pm the Great
Southern Trail Ltd. will host a presentation in the Glórach Theatre,
Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick [alongside the Church on the N21].
The presenter will be John Grimshaw
www.johngrimshawassociates.co.uk a pioneer of Greenway developments for
over forty years. John and a few associates are visiting several Irish
Greenways and the Great Southern had to be on their itinerary because it was
John who walked the entire Ballingrane [Rathkeale] to Tralee route in the
late 1980's during his survey of what was intended to be Ireland's first
Attached the comprehensive survey.
He, and his colleagues will cycle from
Rathkeale to the Kerry Border and they are delighted to hear of the positive
developments which will hopefully see the Greenway extended into North Kerry
in the not too distant future.
John will outline his experiences in
developing Greenways and the multiple benefits that accrue to communities as
a result. For both dedicated Greenway enthusiasts and those who wish to
inform themselves this will be a rewarding evening. Beidh fáilte roimh gach
Further dates for the diary:
[A] Coach trip to walk/cycle Mayo Greenway
departing Newcastle West, Market Yard, 7am Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, due
back 11pm. €60 includes transport, breakfast and evening dinner but not bike
hire. Monies to Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West : Tel. (5-6pm)
[B] Friday 25 May RTE1 T.V. " Nationwide" will
feature the attractions of Newcastle West including the Great Southern
Barnagh Tunnel project in west Limerick likely to be delayed
ALMOST 11,000 walkers and close to 2000 cyclists have used the Great
Southern Greenway since sensors were installed last July.
"Friends of the Great Southern Trail" Meeting: Leen's Hotel, Abbeyfeale; 8pm
Thursday 15 February 2018.
Beidh fáilte romhat on Thursday 15th February
at Leen's Hotel, Abbeyfeale at 8pm to meet and discuss the latest
developments along the Great Southern Greenway.
2018 is scheduled to witness positive developments in both Limerick and
Kerry by the local authorities. In Limerick the iconic Barnagh Tunnel is to
become directly accessible from the Greenway through the provision of an
underpass of the N21 road. The County Limerick 40km Greenway has already
been upgraded and made more 'cycle friendly' by Limerick City & County
Council since they took over management from the voluntary group, Great
Southern Trail Ltd., over two years ago.
Recently the 10km section from the Limerick Border to Listowel has been
cleared of vegetation by Kerry County Council who now own 50km+ of the old
North Kerry railways. Further progress on development of the Listowel
section is expected to follow as soon as is feasible. There are also
positive signals regarding the extending of the existing Tralee Urban
Greenway to Fenit.
The Great Southern Trail Ltd.(GST) and its Friends will continue to be
advocates for the Greenway and the meeting in Abbeyfeale will discuss our
strategy of support for 2018.
The GST is affiliated to the national advocacy body "Cyclist.ie" and also to
the European Greenways Association whose Conference was held in Adare in
September 2017 where both Limerick City & County Council and the GST were
recipients of awards. The GST also arranges visits to Ireland's other
railway Greenways with the Great Western route from Westport to Achill in
the diary for Bank Holiday Monday 7th May.
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