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Kilmihil homeowner ‘losing piers’ due to road condition

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Pier damage has occurred on multiple occasions to a Kilmihil homeowner due to the condition of the R484, a West Clare representative has claimed.

Restoration works on the R484 from Knockalough Crossroads to Kilmihil were sought by Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) at the January meeting of the West Clare Municipal District. He singled out the bend at the residence of Michael Ryan “where there have been many accidents and damage caused to the entrance wall and piers to his house”.

Senior executive engineer, Alan Kennelly detailed that the 2021 roadworks programme had yet to be finalised but said the addition of the R484 would be contemplated.

“It is in a bad state there is no doubt about that,” Cllr Keating outlined, “Michael Ryan has lost two or three piers and he has gone along and replaced them himself”. He called the road the “gateway to Doonbeg Golf Club and Clean Ireland”.

According to the former chairman of the Clare Football Board, “most of the traffic going west on the road are damaged on the left-hand side because most of the trucks on the other side are empty and it’s not to do with Brexit”.

Kilrush representative, Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) admitted that the matter had been raised by Cllr Keating on several occasions. He admitted that he thought it was included on last year’s programme.

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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