Nothing Bothersome to See on The Old Road Anymore

Flood relief work including the installation of a drainage pipe on The Old Road on Friday afternoon. Insets: Cllr. Charlie Farrelly (left) and Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Nothing to see here folks ! Is the oft used line by authorities when trying to clear crowds from the scene of an event.

Come this evening – give or take – there will be nothing to see on the Old Road around Dulague – nothing out of the way or bothersome that is.

The Flood Water is Gone

The water is gone from last week’s temporary flooding blackspot as a most amicable agreement between the local landowner and Kerry County Council officials and elected representatives has been reached.

A flood relief drainage pipe has been laid under the landowner’s property and from the road area which had flooded to an impassable level several times in recent weeks.

Tributary of the River Maine

The pipe is running diagonally to an accommodatingly low point in the Dirtoge river a tributary of the River Maine.

This development is a credit to all involved in this satisfactory outcome and it’s a reaffirmation of the ancient adage of politics being the art of the possible. Cllr. Charlie Farrelly and Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae and Kerry County Council Director of Services and local resident, John Breen were firmly on the ball on this issue in particular.

In the event of another continuous downpour after this weekend there really won’t be anything to see of a community bothering nature on the Old Road around Dulague.

The Dirtoge River

The Dirtoge River is often referred to locally as ‘The Second Bridge’ – a name it earned from its geographical positioning on both the old railway track and on the Tralee Road.

It would appear it sets out high up on Fahadubh and cuts its way down through Ahaneboy, Tulligubeen through the glen at the golf club and on down by Laccabawn and Dulague.

Quite a Meander

It’s quite a meander from mountain to river as it makes its way down through Knocknagore – where it is joined by the pure, fresh, watercress growing spring from Leane’s Fort.

It then crosses the Tralee road and on down between Farranabrack and Kealgorm before flowing into the River Maine there as Sandville beckons.