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Praise for Council after historic 1933 wall is restored in Allihies

December 5th, 2015 7:35 PM

By Jackie Keogh

The Trá na Phearla wall.

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AN historic stone wall that was in danger of collapsing has been successfully restored.

The Trá na Phearla wall – which was built by the people of Reentrisk and North Allihies in 1933 – had stood the test of time, but a storm in January 2014 knocked some of the stones out of the centre of the structure and dislodged others. 

The damage meant there was a real danger that the Trá na Phearla wall – which means ‘the strand of the pearl’ and was so-named because a ship named ‘The Pearl’ was wrecked there hundreds of years ago – could have collapsed during another storm, and maybe even the road along with it.

Locals were afraid that restoration works would have diminished the intrinsic beauty of the wall and they had an on-site meeting with the local area engineer Aidan Prendergast to express their concerns and to highlight its appeal on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The same locals have since praised Cork County Council and the contractor for a job well done. They said the project was an excellent example of cooperation between the Council and residents and they thanked local contractor John O’Shea and Sons of Urhan for doing such a professional and aesthetically pleasing job.

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