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Adrigole walkway an accident waiting to happen

March 2nd, 2019 11:50 PM

By Brian Moore

Stones suggesting the new boundary for walkers, where the path has disintegrated.

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ACTION must be taken to repair a badly damaged section of walkway on the Beara Breifne Way at Adrigole before someone is injured.

That’s according to Cllr Danny Collins who was speaking at  recent a Municipal District meeting where he referred specifically to a walkway and road at Trafrask and Faha.

Cllr Collins said that the damage to the walkway and road, known locally as the ‘O’Sullivan Mile’ where a memorial site for the O’Sullivan brothers who fought and died for the US during WWII is located, is so bad that he fears for the safety of the many people who walk this section of the popular tourist attraction, the Beara Brefine Way.

‘I was recently asked by local residents to visit this section of the road, which is part of an amenity area marking the site of the O’Sullivan mile,’ Cllr Collins said. ‘I saw for myself parts of the walkway torn away along the sea. This is a major health and safety issue as parts of the road and walkway are waiting to collapse. It’s only by the grace of God that it hasn’t collapsed yet and caused serious injury to someone. Residents from the area have offered to do some of the works on the eastern side, but have asked if rock armour and concrete could be provided by the Council as this was supplied about 10 or 15 years ago when the roadway was fixed.’

Area engineer Ruth O’Brien told the meeting that Cork County Council does not own this stretch of roadway and did not know who the owners are. 

Ms O’Brien said that she  would look into the matter and conduct a land search before getting back to the Council.

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