Minister Deenihan opens Car Park and Access Footbridges to Carrauntouhill

Released: 13 June 2011

Minister of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, officially opened Lisleibane Car Park and Two Access Footbridges to Carrauntuohill on Monday, 13th June 2011.

This project provides a much needed car park at Lisleibane, Beaufort, serving Carrauntuohill, and two footbridges in the Hags Glen area of Carrauntouhill, allowing hill walkers to safely enjoy the experience of walking Ireland’s highest mountain.

The initiative is a collaborative effort, with the local community council in Beaufort, local landowners and businesses coming together with Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland.

The two footbridges were named in honour of a local community activist, the late Patie O’Shea and the late Angela Kenny, a young woman who drowned tragically a number of years ago in this area.

“The designation of the Reeks as a candidate Special Area of Conservation is important to protect the intrinsic heritage of the County and the development of walks allows locals and visitor to the county the opportunity to take in the peace and tranquillity of our highest mountain,” Minister Jimmy Deenihan stated.

“Being a Kerryman, Carrauntouhill inspires many of us to reach our highest achievements, both personally and in the field of sport”

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Pat Leahy complimented all those involved in the completion of both projects. “The safety of hill walkers is very important and the car park, which now serves Carrauntouhill, allows for ample parking for tourists and hill walkers.  Both the car park and the two access footbridges are a welcome asset to the county”.

 

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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