Listowel meeting on extending Great Southern Trail

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:36

SUPPORTERS of the Great Southern Trail are holding a meeting in the Listowel Family Resource Centre on Saturday, October 19, at 6pm to discuss the plans to extend the greenway route from Kilmorna into the town.

The Great Southern Trail operates along old disused railway lines in West Limerick. However, it became mired in controversy in February when walkers were blocked from progressing along the old railway line into Kerry by local landowners.

A number of landowners have concerns about the plans to open up the old line for walking and leisure purposes but have not set out their concerns publicly.

Supporters of the plan, meanwhile, say it will attract hundreds of tourists annually in a major boost for the area.

GST organisers from west Limerick will make a presentation at the meeting on the fencing, gates and bridges completed along the route in Limerick.

Support for the extension of the GST into Listowel made its way across the estuary this week courtesy of Clare hurler Domhnall O'Donovan; the man who got the vital, equalising point in the All-Ireland final.

A friend of GST member Gearóid Pierse, O'Donovan signalled his support of the walk this week - all he asks in return is that the 1,000 plus supporters of the GST in Kerry shout for Clare in Saturday's All-Ireland final replay!

Kerryman

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