By Eoin Kelleher firstname.lastname@example.org @tippstar
Townsfolk in Cashel are looking forward to the day when they can walk uninterrupted from the Courthouse in Hogan Square, through the Cashel Palace grounds up to the Rock, and around the Circular Road to the scenic Hore Abbey, heard this month's Municipal District Meeting.
The transformation of the ‘Circular Road’ at the back of the Rock of Cashel has been progressing in recent months, said Senior Engineer Mr. Aidan Finn.
The development is being welcomed by locals and visitors alike, said Cllr Tom Wood. “It will be great when the Cashel Palace is completed.” It’s envisaged to have a walkway from Cashel Courthouse in Hogan Square, through the Palace to the Rock, connecting to the Circular Road pedestrian walkway, creating a loop around the town. “It’s going to be a huge advantage. It was discussed at Cashel Town Council level for decades. It will transform Cashel to a huge degree, and give a fabulous view of the Hore Abbey. It will be beneficial, especially for people who like a short stroll.” Cllr Wood complimented the additional public lighting on the Main Street, near the bus going to Dublin. “That has added greatly to the brightness of the upper Main Street.”
However, there’s a “serious problem with lighting near the Library and Civic Offices. “They are completely out in that entire area, in complete darkness,” added Cllr Wood. “We are working on that at the moment,” said Mr. Finn.
Cllr Roger Kennedy said he would like to compliment all the staff for the work done in 2017. “It’s been phenomenal. The amount of work achieved on the Circular Road has been excellent. It will be an excellent facility for the people of the town.” When the lights are up, it will be “even better.”
Meanwhile, in Boherclough, Cllr Kennedy said the ramps are not working at calming traffic. “Vehicles are flying over the ramps, and they keep going.”
A gateway near Aldi leading to an exit for pedestrians, remained closed while construction work was going on.
“That gateway should be reopened. People are coming out with buggies and children, and have to go on to Boherclough where the footpath is dangerous.”
Cllr Kennedy said he had studied the area of the pedestrian crossing, and observed two cars coming up and failing to stop. “It was a planning condition that the gate remains open,” said Mr. Finn.
“It has been raised by several people in the area,” said Cllr Kennedy.