Signs needed to alert swimmers to no lifeguards

Call for launch of Cahir Blueway

Signs needed to alert swimmers to no lifeguards

At this month’s meeting of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Andy Moloney asked for an update on the launch of the Blueway from Cahir to Carrick-on-Suir.

Moloney said that the river has gotten very busy in recent years and competitions in Clonmel recently highlighted how successful this stretch can be. He said: “Tipperary Sports Partnership is actively promoting summer camps on the river and the Cahir Camp is from 18th - 21st June for teenagers from 13-16 years and we still need signage for leisure paddlers who are using the waterways and we need the Blueway launched officially.”

The Cahir councillor also highlighted the need for signage on the river edge to warm bathers that there are no lifeguards on duty and that this should be in a few languages. Recent tragedies in Co. Clare highlight the danger of old quarry sites and while they may have be classed as private property, the council has a duty to the public to make them aware that it’s unsafe to swim and boat in these areas, he said.

Moloney was also critical that a motion that he had passed previously to have awareness signage erected along the river banks had never been carried out.

The director of services is to look into where the breakdown in communication had occurred and get back to him.