Good news for Rathkeale with €1.9 Million set to be invested in Greenway Hub

With construction set to commence at the Rathkeale Greenway Hub on Monday next, 3rd April, local Fine Gael councillor, Adam Teskey, says that this will be a key catalyst in helping to build both a positive economic and social fabric for the area: “I wish to acknowledge the Irish Palatine Association and its directors for agreeing terms with Limerick City and County Council to acquire the site of the old goods shed and adjoining property to allow the council to be able to deliver this much needed investment. This will be transformative for the local economy in attracting tourists and further outside expenditure into our local economy. I also want to commend to thank director of services Gordon Daly along with Ben Noonan senior executive engineer for their support and help in getting this project to where it is today, “he told the Weekly Observer.
The works schedule
The works will involve the refurbishment and restoration of the derelict railway goods shed, a new public realm area and upgrade of the car park. The railway goods shed will accommodate bike hire and new visitor facilities including toilets. The car park and public realm area will provide the following:
· Car Parking, including electric vehicle charging points and mobility parking
· Rest and public realm areas to facilitate Bike parking, Seating – benches and picnic tables, E bike charging, water points, bike repair
· Public lighting
· Bus set down area
· Signage/Interpretation/Mapping

Temporary car park
LCCC has provided a temporary greenway car park on the LCETB site across the road from the existing trailhead car park which is closed for the works. The temporary car park has been open for a number of weeks.
The project has been funded by Limerick City and County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and The Department of Rural and Community Development under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The expected completion date for the €1.9m project is December 2023.