Stolen road signs lead to chaos for tourists
STOLEN road signs now sitting in pubs in New York led to traffic chaos in a mountainous area, it has been claimed.
Traffic was diverted inland from the coastal road following a landslide on the Ring of Kerry near Kells on Sunday afternoon.
But journeys of an hour across Iveragh took some tourists almost four hours as they tried to find their way in the labyrinth of tiny roads around Glencar without any signage.
One Tralee man contacted a local radio to say it took him hours to find his way out of the mountaineous maze – eventually he reached Moll's Gap.
A bed and breakfast owner at Kells said while there were plenty of signs for the pedestrian Kerry Way, there were none for road traffic.
The council has conceded there are virtually no signs in the area because of theft, possibly by sentimental emigrants.
The signs for the high mountain passes of Bealagh Oisín and the pass of Ballaghbeama Gap had ended up in pubs in New York and Chicago, senior roads engineer Ger MacNamara said.