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Making a path to the Glenbarrow falls

John Finlay, Rural Social Scheme Supervisor and Shane Turley, Coillte Contractor who jointly managed the Glenbarrow boardwalk project.

John Finlay, Rural Social Scheme Supervisor and Shane Turley, Coillte Contractor who jointly managed the Glenbarrow boardwalk project.

One of the most visited beauty spots in the Slieve Bloom mountains has now become more accessible thanks to a new boardwalk.

The Glenbarrow waterfall walk, located 4km from Rosenallis, is a popular destination for families and walkers. The waterfall is easily accessed from the trailhead carpark, but most visitors avoid the scenic woodland route that loops back to the carpark as it is a difficult route in wet weather.

“The loop is very scenic, taking walkers down through a lovely section of broadleaf forestry,” said Laois Partnership’s Rural Recreation Officer, Ann Lanigan. “But visitors weren’t using it due to the mucky conditions underfoot and we were considering moving the section onto the forestry road, which would have been disappointing for everyone.”

Laois Partnership and Coillte came together to design and fund a boardwalk which would provide access up through the broadleaf forestry and back down to the waterfall. A team of farmers from the Rural Social Scheme worked alongside Coillte contractor, Shane Turley on the project.

“The wooden sleepers were purchased from locally-based Coolrain Sawmills and delivered to the trailhead car parks in Glenbarrow and Capard,” said Laois Partnership’s Rural Social Scheme supervisor, John Finlay.

“A team of twenty-two men spent a number of days carrying the sleepers up onto the route and securing them into place as per Coillte’s design. We knew it would be a huge task, but we enjoyed the challenge and all of the team is delighted with the result,” he said.

The amenity will be officially opened this month.

 

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