A rural community near Carrick-on-Suir fears its stunning views of the Comeragh Mountains and growing walking tourism business will be seriously damaged if part of the €500m Grid Link power line is erected in their area.
That’s according to Ger Flynn of the Comeragh Rathgormack K9 Pylon Prevention Group that was established two weeks ago at a public meeting attended by more than 200 people in the village’s Community & Hiking Centre.
One of the 1km wide route corridor options Eirgrid is considering for the Grid Link line passes through some rural areas of Rathgormack as well as Carrick-on-Suir.
Mr Flynn said the corridor passes through Mahon Bridge and through the townslands of Furraleigh, Ashtown, Knockaturney, Coolnahorna, Munsburrow, Feddens, Clonmoyle, Ballythomas, Ballinacurra, Kilballyquilty, Ballindysart, Millvale and Coolnamuck. It passes within a 1.5km of Coumshingaun Lake and close to other important local scenic views.
The farmer, who runs Nell’s Farmhouse tourist accommodation at Feddens with his wife Mary, said there was a great effort being made in Rathgormack to develop walking tourism because of the beauty of the Comeragh Mountains and local countryside. “There are people from all over the country coming here to walk. At 7am last Sunday I saw seven hikers from Dublin arrive here in a people carrier to walk in mountains for the day.”
He fears if the Grid Link line and its pylons pass through this landscape it will have a major impact on the area’s attractiveness for tourists.
“Picture those 140ft high pylons standing in front of something so natural as the Comeraghs... Why in the name of God should they put these monstrosities of steel in such a scenic area.”
He said it was of utmost importance that local people submit objections to the Grid Link corridor option going through Rathgormack to Eirgrid by November 26.