Long his­tory of fill­ing pot­holes on the Din­gle road

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE long-run­ning saga of the Din­gle to Tralee road has been much in the news in re­cent months, mostly be­cause of An Taisce’s op­po­si­tion to the €65 mil­lion road im­prove­ment scheme planned by Kerry County Coun­cil.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog’s rep­u­ta­tion is… well in the dog­house, re­ally, be­cause of its save the small road cam­paign and it’s hard to find any­body with a good word to say for ‘Taisce’ in West Kerry th­ese days.

Had they looked up the ar­chives, An Taisce might have re­alised that the Din­gle road has long since been in need of con­stant run­ning re­pairs. They could then have con­cluded that peo­ple would be only too happy to find a last­ing cure for the headache, even if it meant se­vere in­cur­sions into the pretty ditches and hedgerows.

For ex­am­ple, while Padraig Pearse was think­ing of re­bel­lion, road main­te­nance was on the mind of the Coun­cil in Jan­uary 1916 when Coun­cil clerk J Galvin placed a no­tice in The Kerryman seek­ing ten­ders to keep in re­pair the fol­low­ing roads for five years:

Din­gle to An­nascaul, from the cross of Gar­ry­nadur to the Rail­way sta­tion at Gar­ry­nadur, 50 perches [a perch is 5.03 me­tres]. Pay­ment per an­num £1

Din­gle to An­nascaul, be­tween Ballinvon­nig East and Grif­fin’s house in John Street with the branches to Garfinny Church and Gar­rynabrahig. 327 perches. Pay­ment per an­num £ 27.

There was work to be done back West as well. Ten­ders were sought for:

Din­gle to Dun­quin, be­tween Say­ers’ house at Fa­han and the north­ern end of the new road at Coumeenole North, 606 perches. Pay­ment per an­num £20.

Din­gle to Smer­wick, be­tween Ballinloughig cross and Bal­ly­lusky cross, 796 perches. Pay­ment per an­num £15.

The Coun­cil also ad­ver­tised for some spe­cial works to be done. Th­ese were:

To make a new 2ft x 2ft gul­let to the west of the houses at Keel­bal­ly­lahive on the road be­tween Augha­casla and Glen­teenasig, pay­ment £6.

To ex­tend an ex­ist­ing gul­let about 50 feet at Bal­li­nagoul (Baile na nGall), and con­struct a part pas­sage lead­ing to the strand at same point, pay­ment £25.

Ten­ders were to be lodged in the Ten­der Box, Board­room, Work­house not later than 4 o’clock on Fri­day 21st of Jan­uary 1916.

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