The river tow path connecting Clonmel with Carrick on Suir opened for commercial reasons in 1756 and now looks set to be re-opened as a leisure path.
South TIpperary County Council have been granted funding to carry out a feasibility study into taking the path in charge, and over the next six months will investigate if they reopen the path as a ‘greenway.’
Director of Services Pat Slattery said the council made a bid to the Department of the Environment for funding and were successful.The process began in January when all landowners along the route were written to and the letters hand-delivered. They were invited to make submissions and 26 of the 29 landowners were in favour of the taking in charge.
Mr Slattery pointed out that it is an objective under the County Development Plan to protect rights of way and improve the tow path. The County Heritage Plan has the same objective.The plan was proposed by Cllr Michael Fitzgerald and seconded by Cllr Pat English.