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Blessington Greenway

Blessington Greenway

Blessington Greenway

Blessington Greenway reopened on Monday for local use only as Covid-19 restrictions were reduced.

The Greenway walk links Blessington with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House but had to be closed to the public in March due to concerns over social distancing during peak hours.

John Horan, Chairperson of Blessington Town Team, says the greenway was greatly missed by the local community while it was closed.

'The greenway gets great use so there were a lot of people who missed it, but they respected the need to close it. It's a local amenity rather than a tourist attraction at the moment.

'For social distancing we are asking people to walk to the left if they come across people walking the other direction. The greenway is also reserved for people aged over 70 who are cocooning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the morning and we would ask others to respect this and use the greenway at other times,' said Mr Horan.

Phase three of the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions takes place on June 8, when people are allowed to travel 20km distance form their homes.

'The June bank holiday is before that date and we hope people aren't anticipating the lessening of the restrictions and deciding they will break the 5km travel limit.

'There was chaos in the Uplands before the restrictions, requiring the closure of a number of locations. We don't want something similar happening here. We are not out of this yet,' added Mr Horan.

Meanwhile, the Blessington Covid-19 Community Response Group has been extremely busy delivering shopping and medicine to some of the most vulnerable members of society. The Blessington Town Team, Baltinglass Municipal District of Wicklow County Council, McGreal's Pharmacy Group, An Garda Siochana, Fire Service, First Responders, HSE and local community groups formed the response group early on March 14.

'We have 30 volunteers who have been Garda vetted for each area. We have been identifying potentially vulnerable people. We got it going early and the response group has been very well received by the local community. Everyone is on board and we have had a good united response,' said Mr Horan.

Wicklow People