Friday, October 16, 2020

The village of Coolrain in the foothills of the Slieve Blooms

By Carmel Hayes

A ROAD in Butterisland near Coolrain is well named, according to a local councillor.

“You would slide off it now as if there’s butter on the road!” cllr James Kelly told a council meeting yesterday.

The Mountrath councillor asked for repairs to be carried out on the L10591-0 road in the Butterisland townsland, to make it safer for motorists.

At a meeting of Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district, he said the Butterisland road surface is very poor and cars are practically sliding off the road.

District engineer Edmond Kenny replied that council maintenance crews will repair the Butterisland road surface in coming weeks.

Cllr Kelly also asked for traffic calming measures at nearby Clonincurragh, Mountrath, where he said there are a number of road safety issues.

He commented: “There is a very steep descent there. You wouldn’t see it in the Tour de France!”

Cllr Kelly suggested warning signage and other road safety measures at Clonincurragh, particularly outside two private houses.

Roads engineer Farhan Nasiem said the council’s road design section would arrange a meeting with cllr Kelly on site, to identify the exact location and safety problems.



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