Walk celebrates success for Great Southern Trail

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

SCORES of people donned their walking shoes to shake off the lethargy of Christmas this Tuesday – and also to mark a new milestone in the development of the Great Southern Trail walking and cycling route.

SCORES of people donned their walking shoes to shake off the lethargy of Christmas this Tuesday – and also to mark a new milestone in the development of the Great Southern Trail walking and cycling route.

Over 100 people joined in the official Christmas Walk organised by the Great Southern Trail group but, said a happy group chairman, Liam O’Mahony: “There were lots more people walking the trail, particularly coming from the Rathkeale end. And we also noticed a lot of people on bikes. So there was great use made of the trail which, for us, is the main thing.”

Tuesday’s walk was the eight-mile stretch from Newcastle West through Ardagh to Rathkeale and was chosen to celebrate the new section of the trail which has been completed by Limerick County Council at Castlematrix, Rathkeale. This new section links the main trail via an underpass of the N21 to the last half-mile of track leading into Rathkeale town.

“It’s great that people don’t have to cross the road anymore,” Mr O’Mahony enthused. And his words are all the more pertinent given the death of three pedestrians on Irish roads over Christmas.

“We christened Castlematrix this Tuesday,” Mr O’Mahony added, paying tribute to the excellent job done by the county council. “I think everybody was delighted with the new approach to Rathkeale.”

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