Kerry County Council consider roofing Square

The Milk Market in Limerick. A similar roof has been suggested for the Town Square
The Milk Market in Limerick. A similar roof has been suggested for the Town Square

Simon Brouder

Kerry County Council is to examine whether it would be possible to erect a roof over the Town Square.

The proposal was one of a number of significant announcements made as the Tralee Municipal District signed off on its 2020 budget on Friday.

Mayor of Tralee Cllr Jim Finucane outlined details of the key projects that will be advanced in the Tralee MD next year to The Kerryman.

Potentially one of the most significant developments will be the progression of plans for a permanent 'Rose Dome' event centre in Tralee.

In September it was announced that Kerry County Council was planning to seek expressions of interest to construct a purpose-built 2,000 seater event centre in Tralee. It has now been confirmed that the formal process to seek 'expressions of interest' will get underway within the next few weeks and will be well underway by the end of the year.

There have also been developments regarding the long awaited Tralee Fenit Greenway. Mayor Finucane said that council staff will commence clearing and fencing along the route by the end of the year.

Advertisements specifically seeking workers to complete the €3million 14km walking and cycling route will be placed in early 2020.

In another interesting move it was announced that Tralee Municipal District is to carry out a feasibility study on erecting a 'roof' over the Town Square.

The idea has been mooted on numerous occasions and Mayor Finucane said the council have decided to carry out a feasibility study to find out "once and for all" if the proposal is viable.

The 'big-top' style roof awning in place at Limerick's well-known Milk Market (pictured) has been cited as an example of the type of roof that could be installed over the Square.

Other projects to be advanced next year include the upgrading of Bridge Street and Russell Street; improvement of the Town Park Playground with the installation of disability friendly equipment and surfacing works at the Lock Gates and Cockleshell Walk.

The total budget for major projects in Tralee MD in 2020 is €7.4 million of which €5.7 million will come from State grants.