March 1, 2024
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Kilkenny beauty spot destroyed by floods reopens to public after five years

A Kilkenny area of natural beauty that was severely damaged by floods back in 2015 has just reopened to the public following a €250,000 rejuvenation project.

The reconstruction of the Silaire Wood boardwalk along the River Barrow near Graiguenamanagh and the rehabilitation works of its woodland trails has been completed and the woods are once again open to the public.

The reconstruction of the Silaire Woods cost more than €250,000 and was paid for by state and Kilkenny County Council funding as part of the government’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The 400-metre boardwalk and looped walk reopened to the public last Saturday.

A council spokesperson said: “We are also delighted to say, apart from the screws nuts and bolts, the new 400m long boardwalk is made from 100% recycled plastic, demonstrating the Council’s commitment to sustainability and the reuse/repurposing of materials.

“The public are also advised that further short-term access restrictions will be required over the coming months to facilitate additional enhancement works, including surfacing of the carparking, installation of new interpretive signage, seating and landscaping.”




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