Don't pave paradise - plea to keep grassy Barrow walkway in Kilkenny, Carlow, Kildare

Don't pave paradise - plea to keep grassy path along Barrow in Kilkenny, Kildare, Carlow

Savage opposition to gravel path planned for Barrow

Sean Keane

Reporter:

Sean Keane

Signing up opposition to proposed gravel pathway aling Barrow

Audrey Kinsella, Carmel Butler, Kay O'Connor and Mary Devine Butler helping to sign up those opposed to controversial path

 Almost 600 people crammed into Duiske Hall, Graignamanagh this evening to voice their opposition to Waterways Ireland plan to put a gravel cycle on the 114 kilometres along the River Barrow through Kikdare, Carlow and Kilkenny.

 

Cliondha O'Connell pleaded with Waterways Ireland not to pave paradise. 

 

The meeting heard that 177,639 tonnes of spoil will be removed to accommodate the path which locals seem not to want.

 

And maintenance of the path over 50 years will cost over E37 million. No one knows who will find the project and look after it. Out of the huge crowd, only one person raised their hand in favour of the hard surface route. Full report in Wednesday's paper.