Killeagh Footbridge to be Installed Next Month

By Seamus Whelehan

Carlo O'Brien, Susan Bryan, Mary Byrne and Liam Green members of the Youghal Road Residents Association who have campaigned for a pedestrian bridge in killeagh village. Missing from the photograph is Alan Hannigan the association chairman.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland are set to oversee the installation of a foot bridge for Killeagh next month.

Estimated to have cost €100,000, the pedestrian safety feature is expected to be lowered into place before the Christmas holidays, linking the Eastern side of Killeagh to the Village centre.

Spanning 20 meters across the Dissour, the new safety feature will open up the village and bring people closer to the river.

Up to now the National Roads Authority €3million Village Enhancement Scheme has been forcing school children, people with a disability and the general public to cross the busy N25, and again the Mount Uniacke Road, before entering the village centre.

Cobbles placed on the left-hand side of the bridge are preventing pedestrians from entering the village from the Youghal side, putting them in imminent danger and forcing them to cross the road where a number of accidents occurred recently.

Work began on the pedestrian bridge in July when Cumnor Construction, who have the contract for the walkway, began works on two abutments, one on each side of the river.

Cllr Michael Hegarty has welcomed the new safety feature.
He said “Hopefully the pedestrians of Killeagh and environs will at long last have a safe, secure walking amenity.”

The Fine Gael Cllr added “it should be noted that ancillary works will continue for much of December, which will include masonry works, public lighting installation, guard rails and approach paths.”

The Youghal Road Residents Association Killeagh (YRRAK) have campaigned since 2016 for the walkway.

Praising Fine Gael Councillor Michael Hegarty for his work on the project, local man Carlo O’Brien, a member of YRRAK, said the safety improvement is a God send for pedestrians.

He said up to now people were “taking their lives in their hands, with car after car at peak times, and no break in the traffic.

The village is one of the busiest stretches on the N25, the County’s main artery East, recording over 15,000 traffic movements daily.