Kerry County Council have just shared a short video of sections of the greenway route. It looks like the footage was captured last year so there has been significant progress since.
It was great to catch up with “The Greenway Man” Garvan Cummins yesterday while he was visiting Kerry and take the opportunity to show him the progress of the Tralee-Fenit Greenway.
Garvan was a co-founder the voluntary community campaign group, the Déise Greenway who campaigned for the transformation of the old Dungarvan to Waterford Railway Line into a Greenway. The campaign was responsible for highlighting the huge potential which the Greenway would have and helped make the project a reality, in turn driving the greenway revolution in Ireland.
The Déise Greenway group was founded around the same time as this campaign, and it was interesting to discover that we had a lot of the same experiences and encountered similar challenges over the years.
Even thought the Déise Greenway campaign has been a success and the Waterford Greenway is now open, Garvan still lives and breathes the greenway, running a bike rental business from his base in Durrow Co. Waterford. In addition to offering bikes, Garvan also offers history tours taking advantage of his long involvement in greenway campaigning to provide visitors with information and insights that can not be matched by others.
If you are visiting the Waterford Greenway be sure to give him a shout, for more information visit: thegreenwayman.com
Last week Brendan Griffin (someone who is no stranger to the greenway) paid a visit to listen to the concerns of local residents and businesses regarding the lack of an access point to the greenway at Kilfenora.
While an access point in Kilfenora was expected with one even been indicated as part of the planning application for the greenway it has since transpired that access in the area was no longer part of the project, with residents been told that the closest official access point will be the pump station in Fenit, requiring a 2km trip along the busy and narrow main Fenit R558 Road.
If the greenway is to be a success it is essential that access is provided for locals and visitors alike, in line with the ‘Greenways and Cycle Routes Ancillary Infrastructure Guidelines’ this location would make an idea minor trailhead:
In addition to providing practical resources such as parking and direction signage, these minor trailheads should ideally encourage participation from local residents and from passing impulse participants, and can also act as Route Rest AreasGreenways and Cycle Routes Ancillary Infrastructure Guidelines
The letter below signed by over 110 residents of the area was sent to Kerry County Council:
To: Mr Tom Sheehy, Senior Engineer, Kerry County Council, Mr Sean O’Sullivan, Senior Executive Engineer, Kerry County Council
Dear Mr Sheehy and Mr O’Sullivan,
We the residents of Kilfenora are writing to formally request an access point to the Tralee to Fenit Greenway in Kilfenora. There has been an overwhelming desire expressed by the people in the community to utilise this wonderful facility. We were told at the pre-planning meeting, and it was indicated as part of the manager’s report for the Part VIII planning application, that Kerry County Council intended to provide an access point to the Greenway at Kilfenora. However we have now been told that our official access point at this time is by the pump station in Fenit. To reach this access point will mean walking or cycling 2km on the busy and narrow main Fenit R558 Road. This will pose a serious safety issue for the residents of Kilfenora. Therefore we the undersigned householders in Kilfenora wish to express a huge sense of dismay that we will have no safe access to an amenity that runs right through our community and request that this is addressed before this section of the Greenway is opened.
[Signed by 110 Kilfenora Residents]
Please note, anyone named in this email is over 18 and has given permission by text or by phonecall to do so.
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.
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:
- 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..
- 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.
- 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.
- The greenway will deliver extra revenues and economic activity for the town and surrounding areas. Tourists will stay here longer and spend more money.
- Businesses that are hanging on by a thread will fight harder, knowing there is a boost coming next summer, and jobs will be saved.
- New enterprises will be started to service the greenway and jobs will be created.
- The greenway will make Tralee an increasingly attractive place to live and work, at a time when people and companies are embracing remote working.
- The greenway will make Tralee a more attractive place to study and boost our university town appeal.
- The funding for the greenway has already been allocated.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
New signage at the entrance of the greenway
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.
This project is funded by Kerry County Councils Local Agenda 21 fund with the support of Transition Kerry
Great news, the Part VIII planning application for the Tralee to Fenit Greenway has just been approved unanimously by all Tralee Municipal councilors in Kerry County Council !
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.
Article from Kerry’s Eye 15th of March 2018