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North Kerry (Great Southern Trail) Standoff

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heres the reason..... ' CIE has confirmed to Radio Kerry News it’s received a solicitor’s letter from the group stating landowners have claim to sections of the rail line.

However CIE says it is of the opinion that the alignment is in full CIE ownership and that the landowners in question have no claim to the line.'

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Did Kerry County Council convert part of the trackbed between Listowel and the Limerick border into a cyclepath or footpath?

 

Routes like the North Kerry are a drain on CIE no operating revenue or PSO grant and the liabilities and adverse posession claims. I have a friend that worked in BR now Network Rail whoes job is trying to pawn off libility issues on bridges and structures unspecting Councils

 

The arrangement in the UK was much better Councils got first refusal on closed lines relieved the railway of its liabilities and either converted the lines to footpaths or leased them to Preservation Societies.

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The Listowel town counciller has a farm on the route, quelle surprise.

 

The North Kerry was never sold off in the same (hurried) fashion as the West Cork, it's still owned by CIE to this day, likewise W.ford-Ballinacourty/New Ross.

There is a walkway/cycleway (the Great Southern Trail) developed from Ardagh through to Newcastle West and currently ends around Abbeyfeale, walked a bit of it recently around NCW, quite well done and a great leisure/tourism asset. The only major structures on the route are a large steel bridge outside NCW (a team from Irish Rail did some repairs on it a few years ago) and Barnagh tunnel.

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The Listowel town counciller has a farm on the route, quelle surprise.

 

The North Kerry was never sold off in the same (hurried) fashion as the West Cork, it's still owned by CIE to this day, likewise W.ford-Ballinacourty/New Ross.

There is a walkway/cycleway (the Great Southern Trail) developed from Ardagh through to Newcastle West and currently ends around Abbeyfeale, walked a bit of it recently around NCW, quite well done and a great leisure/tourism asset. The only major structures on the route are a large steel bridge outside NCW (a team from Irish Rail did some repairs on it a few years ago) and Barnagh tunnel.

 

And here was me thinking he was opposed to the walkway because he wanted the railway reopened:confused:

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This is Kerry/Bull McCabe country we're talking about here!

 

Funnily enough a cycleway at the Tralee end out to Fenit and Listowel would probably have greater money making potential with greater tourist numbers and than West Limerick. Mind you Listowel built a bye pass on the trackbed, while the route was safeguarded through Rathkeale.

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  • 3 months later...

I cycled from NCW to Abbeyfeale and back again on Tuesday evening on the GST. Awesome, though my knees were well tired on the way back.

Roadcycling this is not, what with gravelly track and mountainbike tyres. It is a gem of a route, particularly around the Barnagh.

 

The current debacle is a disgrace and nothing short of a concerted landgrab via squatters rights. CIE need to fight this every step of the way.

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