Locals are delighted at the recent development of the carpark at Glenbarrow Waterfall in the Slieve Bloom mountains, officially opened last week by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan.
Mick Cleare, from the Rosenallis Development Committee, and the Slieve Bloom Association, said: “I couldn’t express in words what this means to the area. We have been fighting for the last 30 years to try and get this done. Laois County Council has spent €260,000 to develop Glenbarrow and it’s tremendous.”
Mr Cleare is also hopeful that the cottage at Glenbarrow carpark, up for sale along with 17 acres, will be bought and developed as an amenity for visitors.
“The council want to develop that for public toilets, and I have asked the new owner of Capard House to consider buying it,” he said.
He praised previous development work like the boardwalk across the Ridge of Capard from Glenbarrow waterfall.
“It’s tremendous. The bike trail planned for the Slieve blooms is also something we've been fighting for through the years. It will make the area. And now Ballyfin has the greatest hotel in the world, we are on the up,” he said.