Cllr Emmett O’Brien at Ringmoylan
LIMERICK City and County Council has begun the process to purchase land at a West Limerick pier, in order to install a slipway for emergency vehicles.
In a long-awaited move, the council posted compulsory purchase order notices at Ringmoylan in Pallaskenry.
The plans to build a slipway there have been at a standstill for around three years, due to landowner issues — despite the fact that €50,000 has been held in council accounts for the build. It is hoped that the acquisition of this land will drive the project on to completion this year.
Independent Cllr Emmett O’Brien, Pallaskenry, welcomed what he called “significant progress” at his local waterway.
“Ringmoylan has always been a huge attraction for day excursions and visitors, and in 1959 a swimming pool was built beside the Quay by the Pallaskenry Guild of Muintir na Tiré,” he said.
“In 1999 this pool, which was still exceptionally popular, was demolished by Limerick County Council. It is upon the bed of this old pool that it is proposed to construct the rescue and recreation slipway. These statutory notices are the final stage for the council obtaining title to this ground.”
The councillor pointed out that there have been a number of tragedies at Ringmoylan over the years, and rescue craft have been unable to enter the water. The nearest entry points for rescue boats is at Bunratty or Foynes, both at least 20 minutes away, he said.
“There is great merit in having this slipway constructed by the council, and I wish to thank the other councillors of Adare Rathkeale who have supported this project through the allocation of monies from the GMA fund.”
It is hoped that the project would be entirely completed by the second half of this year. Over the last number of years, there has been a renewed interest in Ringmoylan as a recreational spot. It is used nowadays for traditional craft such as the local gandelow. Races are held every July at Ringmoylan.