A group of local interested people established a campaign group last summer with the purpose of campaigning for a Greenway that links the towns of Thurles and Clonmel, via Fethard, by using where possible, the former rail route that once linked the two towns.
To date, there is a strong possibility that Tipperary County Council and Bord Na Mona are very much open to redeveloping the state owned boglands as a cycling/walking track. This could be ‘Stage 1’ of the overall proposal and hopefully lead to further extensions and developments in future.
Bord Na Mona’s plans to decommission the ‘Briquette Factory’ and adjoining lands will result in jobs lost and be devastating for the local area. The creation of a greenway on the vacant land may provide a whole new world of opportunities in terms of creating new tourism and economic benefits and thus offset or even eliminate the impact of those job losses in time
As shown in the case of Waterford, a greenway would prove a huge boost for a predominately rural area such as Fethard, and a tremendously beneficial infrastructure linking all rural settlements along the Clonmel to Thurles route. It is estimated that there is a potential cycling tourism market of 20 million people that Ireland has not yet have the infrastructure to attract. From a health point of view, it would also be beneficial by creating an area of leisure and recreation, where families can enjoy the countryside and get exercise in a safe environment.
Your continued support for this campaign is essential and if you are willing to get involved or know of someone within your local community group who could potentially get involved and lend their energy and expertise to this campaign. Please contact: David Morrissey, Clonmel to Thurles Greenway Group. Tel: 087 4108075.