*Clare subs at Fr McNamara Park. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

TRIP hazards on the walking trails surrounding the grounds of Clare Camogie need to be tackled, an Ennis county councillor has stated.

Addition of a regular maintenance programme at the walking trails of Fr McNamara Park was sought by Cllr Mary Howard (FG) at the December meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. “It gets very overgrown and the weeds and briars have become trip hazards,” she highlighted.

Maintenance works continue to take place to the walking trails “similar to 2020,” executive engineer Anthony Considine replied. Works took place in November outside of the bird nesting season, he confirmed.

Fr McNamara Park was described by Cllr Howard as “a really popular community amenity” and “a little haven”. Residents on the Quin Rd contact the former Mayor of Clare every spring on the matter.

Due to the trails getting overgrown “so quickly,” Howard asked that a regular programme of maintenance be introduced. “I’m talking about cutting the stuff at ground level to allow people to walk, bring a buggy in and have comfort. Some of the people in touch have small toddlers and can’t let them off because they will be tripped and fall over”.

Developing the old town dump into the home of Clare Camogie and Ennis Men’s Shed has been a very positive move, Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) remarked as he supported the proposal,

Importance of a more regular maintenance programme was voiced by Cllr Pat Daly (FF). “We’ve come an awful long way since the old dump, we’ve a top class camogie pitch, the men’s shed and state of the art walk around the camogie pitch, it is a great asset to the town, a lot of people don’t know about it”.

“We’ve been very creative in ensuring an environmentally sensitive area like the old landfill is now such an amenity and facility for Clare Camogie, Ennis Men’s Shed and the local community,” Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy (FF) commented.

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