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‘Time to remove boulders from Ballyalla Lake’

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*Ballyalla Lake. Photograph: Martin Molloy

Ennis councillors have requested that large boulders be removed from the environs of Ballyalla Lake.

Recognised as a wetland of international importance, Ballyalla Lake is often referred to at meetings of the Ennis Municipal District by councillors as an area with untapped potential. At its December sitting, Cllr Pat Daly (FF) requested the MD “to remove the large rocks adjacent” to the Lake.

“They have served their purpose, they have been there for many years,” Daly stated as he notified the meeting a farmer was willing to take the rocks.

Costs are being sought by the Ennis MD, senior executive engineer Eamon O’Dea outlined. “Not every truck will have appropriate tipper body to carry the boulders. The means of funding this work will be required once the cost estimates are available”.

Cllr Ann Norton (IND) commented, “Obviously they are there for a reason, we don’t want unexpected guests in around Ballyalla”. The Barefield representative continued, “Unfortunately the boulders are unsightly, if there was an opportunity to remove them it would be great”. Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) also added his support to the motion.

As he stressed the need for costings, O’Dea cautioned, “You could end up with something that seems to be an inauspicious bit of work that ends up €10,000, have to price it and that’s what we’re doing”.

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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