Walkers’ Popular Path Getting a Makeover

On home turf: Cllr. Bobby O'Connell pointing out the beginning of the work to surface the path from Knockananlig to Tullig. ©Photograph: John Reidy
On home turf: Cllr. Bobby O’Connell pointing out the beginnings of the work to surface the path from Knockananlig to Tullig. ©Photograph: John Reidy

You can Google it ’til the cows come home but you’ll find no scientific analysis as to why people who live in the top of the town, here in Castleisland, walk the Black Road clockwise and people from the bottom do so anti-clockwise.

There will be exceptions of course – but they are very odd – the fact, that is, and not the people.

One way or the other, the work which began only recently on the stretch of footpath from Tullig to Knockananlig – or from Knockananlig to Tullig if you prefer, will benefit both sets of walkers as they cover the same ground but in different directions.

Harnessed Fellow Representatives

Cllr. Bobby O’Connell harnessed a handful of his fellow, elected representatives recently and got slices of their annual allowances in order to get the path brought up to standard.

The stretch of path in question has never really been taken too seriously by the authorities up to now. It kind of came into being about 20 years ago after some roadworks in the area left a margin which had been given a temporary surface from time to time.

“This footpath will be given a coating of a couple of 50mm of hot tarmac and this will be skirted at both sides to protect the edges. The cost of the job is €20,000 and €13,000 of that has come from my own and fellow councillors’ allocations. Kerry County Council came up with the remaining €7,000.

Popular Path for Walkers

“Cllr. John Joe Culloty, Cllr. Michael Gleeson, Cllr. Donal O’Grady along with Mayor of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin and myself made allocations from our allowances to get the work underway.

“It’s a very popular path for walkers at all times of the day and it was never looked after properly until now. I’d like to thank my fellow councillors for backing me on this project,” said Cllr. O’Connell.

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