Cyling legend Sean Kelly to lead pylon protest

By Aileen Hahesy

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By Aileen Hahesy

Carrick-on-Suir cycling legend Sean Kelly will lead an anti-Grid Link pylons campaign protest walk in the Comeragh Mountains next week.

Carrick-on-Suir cycling legend Sean Kelly will lead an anti-Grid Link pylons campaign protest walk in the Comeragh Mountains next week.

The former World No. 1 cyclist is supporting residents groups living along and near the K9 Grid Link route corridor option that passes near some of the most scenic areas of the Comeraghs, including Coumshinguan Lake, and onto townslands near Rathgormack village, Carrick-on-Suir and out to Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

The protest walk takes place at Mahon Falls at 1pm on Saturday, November 9.

Details of the 15 minutes protest walk were announced at a public meeting organised by the Comeraghs Rathgormack K9 Pylons Prevention Group in Rathgormack Community & Hiking Centre last Thursday night.

Group Chairman Walter Murphy appealed for residents in communities along the K9 route corridor to take part in the walk that is being organised to publicise their campaign of opposition.

The Comeraghs Rathgormack K9 Pylons Prevention Group is one of several anti-pylon campaign groups formed in counties Tipperary and Waterford in the past month to stop Eirgrid from locating the power line carried by 45m high steel pylons in their areas. Members of the public have up until November 26 to lodge submissions to Eirgrid outlining their views on the proposed route corridors.

Around 850 Eirgrid submission forms were handed out at the meeting to volunteers to distribute to households and landowners in Rathgormack and its hinterland up to Carrickbeg.

The meeting also heard the action group is requesting landowners with property within the 1km wide K9 route corridor from Mahon Bridge to the River Suir at Carrick to sign a document stating they will not give permission to Eirgrid staff or anyone representing the company to go onto their properties.

Rathgormack FG Cllr Mary Greene, the action group’s vice-chairperson, told The Nationalist they received advice from groups that fought successful campaigns against other power line projects to pursue this strategy. While Eirgrid will ultimately be able to go down the legal route to gain access to properties, refusing its representatives access to land will make it difficult for the company to progress the project, she explained.