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08th Feb 2022

‘A gamechanger for the region’ – South Kerry gets the go-ahead for a new greenway

Fiona Frawley

old brick train tunnel surrounded by greenery, the sea and blue skies can be seen in the background

Just in time for us to start planning our summer staycations.

The Supreme Court has rejected appeals made against the development of the South Kerry Greenway, making it possible for development to begin on the multi-million project that is “set to transform the South Kerry region”.

According to the Irish Independent, work is now expected to begin on the project this year and develop what is expected to be “one of the best greenways in the country”.

Sharing the news on Twitter, TD for Kerry Brendan Griffin wrote:

FANTASTIC NEWS FOR KERRY!! Green Light for the Greenway! The South Kerry Greenway has been given the go ahead by the Supreme Court!!

Speaking to RTÉ, Mr Griffin said the Supreme Court’s decision was  “massively positive news for Kerry people, businesses and communities.” He added that:

We have seen the success of greenway projects across Ireland, and the economic, social and tourism benefits they bring to local businesses, towns and villages. This project will breathe new life into communities along the route, and this is due, in large part, to the hard work, time and effort of many local people and groups.

The proposed Greenway will run along a disused rail line, spanning 32 kilometres between Glenbeigh and Reenard on the Iveragh Peninsula. According to Kerry County Council the greenway will run parallel to the Ring of Kerry –  “an iconic and internationally renowned tourist route popular with cyclists and with breath-taking scenery”.

A great result for walkers and cyclists of South Kerry and beyond.

Header image via Twitter/bgriffintd

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