Bridge is vital to locality

Published 24/01/2013 | 13:44

Partially sighted Kilcrea resident Walter Wheatly, pictured here with neighbour Kathleen Lynch.

CORK County Council must do its utmost to repair access to a popular Mid Cork tourist attraction, according to a local representative.

Local Sinn Féin representative Des O'Grady has called on the local authority to have remedial works on the Abbey Bridge, Kilcrea carried out as soon as possible.

The road surface on part of the bridge subsided on Christmas Eve and the council blocked off access from both sides of the river once they became aware of the danger.

"The continued closure of the bridge since Christmas is causing inconvenience and hardship to local residents as many of them are now cut off from the direct route to the nearest shop, post office and pub in Aherla," said Mr O'Grady.

"This is a further blow to local people as the shop, post office and pub in the adjacent village of Farran all closed down last November, causing many of them to switch their personal business to Aherla. Now with the closure of the Abbey Bridge they are forced to undertake an even longer road journey to carry out essential business.

"It is also vital in this the ' Year of the Gathering' that visitors have direct access from the N22 Cork Killarney Road to Kilcrea Abbey, one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Cork," Mr O'Grady said.

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