Open letter to Tralee Town Councillors

To: Terry, Deirdre, Mikey, Jim, Sam, Johnny and Cathal
Subject: The Tralee-Fenit Greenway is crucial for the town. Make it happen for next summer.

Dear Councillors,
Alongside many communities around the country and around the world, we are currently in a state of crisis, and how we rise to this challenge will define our town for decades. Tralee has a proud and rich history and those who came before us made certain we rode the first waves of prosperity in a free and independent republic. It is now our collective responsibility to ensure we do not flounder in the backwash left from the current crisis.
It is often said that progress is not about taking big steps in the future, but that progress comes about by taking small steps right now. One small step in the right direction for Tralee would be to speed up the works on the Tralee-Fenit Greenway and make sure it is completed for June next year. The current estimated completion time is Autumn 2021, and we urge you to expedite the project and complete it before next summer for the following reasons:

  1. Tralee urgently needs a new story to hang our hat on, a new story that will make us stand out, a new story that will generate column inches and help us compete with other markets..
  2. The greenway will have a very positive impact on the mental health of the people of Tralee. More than ever we need safe open outdoor spaces for people of all ages and abilities. The greenway will lift our spirits.
  3. The greenway will have a very positive impact on tourism, but we need to start promoting the greenway this winter if we are going to reap the benefits next summer.
  4. The greenway will deliver extra revenues and economic activity for the town and surrounding areas. Tourists will stay here longer and spend more money.
  5. Businesses that are hanging on by a thread will fight harder, knowing there is a boost coming next summer, and jobs will be saved.
  6. New enterprises will be started to service the greenway and jobs will be created.
  7. The greenway will make Tralee an increasingly attractive place to live and work, at a time when people and companies are embracing remote working.
  8. The greenway will make Tralee a more attractive place to study and boost our university town appeal.
  9. The funding for the greenway has already been allocated.
  10. The greenway will boost morale locally and that positivity will permeate all areas of our community. It is a good news story will translate well nationally and internationally.
  11. We are facing a long winter of uncertainty, but the cold dark nights will be easier on everyone if we can look forward to reaping the benefits of the greenway for the entirety of next summer. People of all ages and all abilities will benefit hugely from being able to get out into nature and adventure safely along the route. High nellies will be restored, walking boots will be dusted off and new trainers purchased. Businesses will begin to plan for the arrival of tourists. New enterprises will emerge. People will begin to dream again. Hope will replace fear.
  12. The benefits are clear and there is very sound economic and social rationale to speed up the works on the greenway. We urge you to make this happen for the sake of the town.


Brian Stephenson – NoteCloud and Learn from Leaders

Louis Byrne – Byrne’s Spar Stores & Apache Pizza Tralee

Susan Costello – Costello Pharmacy

Michael Higgins – Ardfert Quarry Products

Eoghan Ó Cathasaigh – Helen Casey Design & Associates

Dr Jenny Crushell and Dr Mary Glancy – Fairies Cross Medical Centre

David Leonard – The Glasshouse and Ugly Mug

Heather O’Sullivan – John Ross Jewellers

Jim Cantillon – Kellihers Hardware

Dick Boyle – The Grand Hotel

Sandra Rusk – Weardrobe Boutique

Ger Carmody – Ger Carmody Auctioneers

Anluan Dunne – Mountain Biking Kerry

Adrian O’Gara – Arfert Medical Centre

Brendan Culloty – Hugh Culloty

John Tuite – TLI Group

Billy Nolan – Billy Nolan & Hilsers Jewellers

Graham Kelliher – Surf ‘n Sail

John McCarthy – John Doughs & The Tech Company

David Moriarty – David Moriarty and Associates Architects

Michelle McCarthy – Patricks The Hair Company

Derek O’Sullivan – Crua Outdoors

Michael Moran – Ryle Menswear

Jonathan Boyle – Boyles Stoves and BioHeat Ireland

Danny Giles – DNG WH Giles

James McGrath – The Oyster Tavern

Rob Durran – Xintec

Matthew Leahy – Matt The Butcher

Dermot O’Sullivan – The Mall & Benners Hotel

Paul Stephenson – Sherry Fitzgerald Stephenson Crean

Adrian Benner – Benners Hardware Store

Sean Hussey – Sean Hussey Menswear

Gary O’Donnell – Baily’s Corner

Kevin Walsh – Spa Seafoods

John Reen – Murphy & Sheehy Insurances

Ciara Brosnan – Shindig

Keith Phelan – Kerry Cycling Campaign

Brian Hennebery – Henneberys Sports

Maurice Fitzgerald – Dan Fitzgeralds

Peter Moran – Tralee Dental and Implant Clinic

Nathan McDonnell – Ballyseedy Home & Garden

Paul Hanrahan – That’s Perfect

John Walsh – Walsh Brothers Shoes

Joe Cotter – Friends of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway

Brian O’Regan – Cadogan O’Regan Solicitors

Terry O’Connell – The Daily Grind

Jeremy Walsh – Jeremy Walsh Project Management

Ger Teahon – SalesSense International

Liam O’Mahony – Great Southern Trail Ltd

Bryan O’Keefe – Westend Bar & Restaurant

Colin Boyle – The Ashe Hotel & Manor West Hotel

Cormac Foley – Foley & Associates Solicitors

Ronan Hurley – The Roast House

Siobhán Murphy – Kerryman

Community Orchard

Are you interested in helping develop a linear orchard consisting of Community Heritage Orchard, Soft Fruit Garden and Nuttery along the urban section of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway. The proposed site is a strip of scrub land which runs along the east side of the route between the Rock Street entrance and the access point to St. Brendans Park and Connolly Park.

The project aims reconnect with nature through food, landscape and community, to provide an example of how we can introduce food back into the urban landscape and increase local food security, through relearning the art of growing our own food.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact: or see the Community Orchard page for more information.

This project is funded by Kerry County Councils Local Agenda 21 fund with the support of Transition Kerry

Public consultation day

Kerry County Council is holding a public consultation day regarding the proposed Tralee to Fenit Greenway.

Venue: Fenit Parish Centre
Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Time: 11am – 8pm

Maps of the route of the proposed greenway will be on display for inspection throughout the day. Kerry County Council officials will be available to discuss any aspect of the project on a one-to-one basis with landowners and interested parties during the hours specified above. In the event that a person cannot attend, an appointment can be made on an alternative date in their office in Tralee or at their landholding if preferred.

There will also be a public consultation the following day regarding the proposed Great Southern Trail from Listowel to the County Bounds.

Venue: Listowel Arms Hotel (Greenville Room)
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018
Time: 11am – 8pm

Great news around hopefully Ireland’s longest Greenway from Fenit to Limerick is not too far away, please come out and support Kerry County County Council on these projects.

Part 8 planning to be complete by July

There was positive news at todays Tralee municipal district meeting council meeting following questions raised by a number of councilors. Kerry Council council confirmed that they have now completed the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) screening reports for the greenway, these reports were required in order to determine the planning with is required for the project.

EIA Screening is carried out  in order to determine if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required while the AA Screening determines the potential effects, if any, of the proposed project on sites with European conservation designations, i.e. Natura 2000 sites located nearby.

The findings of these reports is positive recommending that the remainder of the project can proceed under a Part 8  planning process (similar to the previous phases of the project) rather than requiring a more laborious and expensive application to An Bord Pleanala or a full Environment Impact Statement (EIS) which has caused delays in the delivery of the South Kerry Greenway.

Kerry Council Council also confirmed that work will now commence on preparing this application and reopening of dialogue with landowners and residents whose  land adjoins the former railway, this is expected to be complete by July.

As per the part 8 planning process the council will then publish their proposals for the remainder of the line and the public will have an opportunity to make observations, all going well the results of the process should be known by late September or October.

If the project receives planning approval it will be in an ideal position to contend for national greenway funding which is due to open at the end of the year.


Radio Kerry – No Time for Tardiness for Tralee-Fenit Greenway

Feint resident Mike O’Neil spoke to Jerry O’Sullivan on Radio Kerry yesterday,

You can listen back to the interview here:

The story also featured on the news for the day: