The People’s Path To Get A €8,500 Face Lift

By Seamus Whelehan

Section of People's Path in Whitegate Village

A popular East Cork Walking route is part of a government pledge to invest in our tourism infrastructure.
The Peoples path linking the villages of Rostellan to Whitegate is to receive a grant of €8,500 to help maintain the public amenity.
The fund distributed through the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has been broadly welcomed by Cllr Michael Hegarty.
The Fine Gael Cllr said he expected the investment in the path to be completed by the end of the year.
Despite being within the development boundary of Lower Aghada and whitegate, the people’s path had failed to attract funding in the local authority’s 2018 foot path programme.
Senior Council Officials had stated they could not justify the investment under its urban footpath programme, which receives limited funding.
“Obviously it’s a very important amenity, the People’s Path has great use” but it should come under another funding stream, they said.
The walkway which stretches for 5km was developed in 1998 through a community initiative with Cork County Council providing partial funding.
Over the years local residents had invested heavily in maintaining the route, with businesses in the area providing financial support.
Dog walkers and local running clubs use the path regularly. Many other clubs including the GAA use the facility for winter training.
In 2016 badly damaged sections of the People’s Path Coastal Walk in Rostellan village were repaired at a cost of €22,000 by the local authority’s Coastal Management unit.
A series of violent storms had compromised large sections of the public amenity, with many fearing the resource was in danger of being swept away in a future storm.
John Morrissey Chairman of the Rostellan Development Committee said his group welcome any investment in the public amenity.
Although he said the council’s attention to the area’s development was less than ideal.
“We find it very hard to get money spent outside the town. We are at the loose end of finding despite the large rates paid to Cork County Council by businesses like Irving Oil and the ESB.”
The Chairman of the Rostellan Development Committee estimated an investment of €40,000 would have the popular walkway looking at its best.
He said he would hope the money would be spent on resurfacing the section of route between Rosie’s bar and the Lower Aghada Tennis club, which is estimated to cost under €10,000.