Connaughton seeks opening of walkway at Meelick Weir

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East Galway TD Paul Connaughton has called on Waterways Ireland to provide funding to ensure the re-opening of the walkway in the Meelick Weir area to the public, stating that for too long this important tourist attraction has been closed to the public and now is the time to ensure that it is upgraded and opened.

‘Meelick Weir near Eyrecourt was damaged by flooding in 2009 and since that time the Weir area, including a very scenic walkway, has been closed to the public. I believe that Waterways Ireland is planning to upgrade the sluice gates in the area, but it is imperative that the walkway in the area is also upgraded and opened up to the general public.

‘This is an important tourist amenity in east Galway and I am currently working with Waterways Ireland with a view to having this walkway opened to the public as soon as possible.

‘Meelick Weir was built in the 19th century in an effort to control flood waters on the Shannon. Because the river Shannon is wide at this point, it is very popular with fishermen and the local walkway is a very important amenity for tourists in the region.

‘The walkway is part of the Hymany Way, and also forms part of the Beara-Breifne Way, which takes walkers along the route taken by Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare and his followers as they escaped the English forces after the battle of Kinsale and sought refuge with the O’Rorke’s of Breifne in Cavan.

‘The Beara-Breifni Way is Ireland’s longest and most significant walkway and it is imperative that the section of the route which passes through County Galway, and especially the walking route near Meelick Weir, is properly maintained and open to the public.

‘I will continue to work with both local people and Waterways Ireland in an effort to have this project sanctioned and completed, so that this important walkway, which is of great amenity value to locals and tourists alike, is opened to the public as soon as possible.’