Sunday 18 November 2018

Second landslide after heavy rains

Another landslide occurred near Scanlon Bridge in the Lyrecrompane area of Co Kerry yesterday
Another landslide occurred near Scanlon Bridge in the Lyrecrompane area of Co Kerry yesterday
Council officials and workers were dealing with tons of bog deposits near the bridge and the blocked roadway

Allison Bray and Anne Lucey

Another landslide hit Co Kerry yesterday -- less than a fortnight after a major bogslide blocked roads and wiped-out fish stocks causing an estimated €500,000 damage.

Heavy rain overnight on Tuesday is being blamed for what county officials are calling a "minor soil slippage" of several tons of peat in the Maughhanknockane area of the north Kerry mountains, near Listowel, at about noon yesterday.

However, unlike the devastating landslide on August 22 that turned the Rivers Feale and Smearlagh into torrents of liquified peat, Kerry Co Council engineers believe that the latest incident was more the dislocation of peat that was already heaped up from the previous landslide and not a new movement of bogland.

Engineers remained on scene yesterday to investigate the cause of the slide, which took place between the Harris and Scanlon bridges over the Glashoreag River, sending some of the peat into the river.

"Our initial assessments suggest this is loosened peat, left up on the banks of the river after the initial slide. The bog itself appears not to have moved," a council spokesman said.

The slide led to the closure of the local Raemore to Kilduff road for the second time. access to local homes was not affected.

Council workers and machinery were clearing the road last night and digging channels to relieve the Glashoreag River, an important spawning and nursery river for trout and salmon stocks which were devastated after the first landslide.

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