Phase Two Of Youghal Boardwalk To Commence In Weeks

By Seamus Whelehan

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After years in the pipeline, work is finally set to get underway on a 1 mile extension of the Youghal Eco boardwalk.

A contractor for the works is to be appointed this week with construction of the new section stretching from Redbarn to Claycastle to begin in January.

In 2012 planning permission was granted for phase two of the town’s iconic wooden walkway.

Failte Ireland provided 75% of the funding for phase one from the Front Strand to Claycastle, however an application for monies for phase two was been unsuccessful.

The extension of the boardwalk means that people in wheelchairs, mothers and fathers with kids in buggies, can travel the entire seven kilometres of Youghal beach which is vitally important to the town that is dependent on tourism.

The scope of delivering the phase two project changed after the winter storms of 2013/2014 which caused severe damage to the current 400 metre structure.

Over €200,000 was provided from a central government fund in 2014 for the reinstatement of the popular walk.

Half a million Euro is being provided through the Department of Rural and Community Development to finalise the scheme.

Fianna Fail Cllr James O’Connor said “it is huge news for the local area on top of the greenway project currently ongoing.”

East Cork Municipality Chairwoman Councillor Mary Linehan Foley said “it is going to complement the existing boardwalk and we know how much that is being used.”

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