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‘Common sense’ to link Newmarket-on-Fergus estates via footpath

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A Newmarket-on-Fergus councillor has insisted it is “common sense” for a footpath to be put in place linking four estates within the one area of the village.

Residents of Cois Crann and Beechgrove in Newmarket-on-Fergus “find it quite dangerous to walk between each estate,” Cllr Pat McMahon (FF) stated as he requested that the Shannon Municipal District lay a footpath to connect both residential areas.

Existing paths found to be defective are currently being prioritised by Council officials, senior executive engineer Aidan O’Rourke outlined. He committed to examining the area as requested and said works would be considered if funding was found.

In total four estates, Avondale, Cluain Dara, Cois Crann and Beechgrove are located within close proximity. “A joining footpath would be common sense,” Cllr McMahon maintained as he highlighted that many of the residents are dependent on public transport for travel and that a footpath would make their life easier when leaving their home.

Built by Respond Housing Association and completed in 1996, Beechgrove contains ten family homes. McMahon’s motion was seconded by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND).

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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