October 3, 2023

Popular riverside walk in Kilkenny city to get much-needed makeover

A popular Kilkenny city riverside walkway is about to get a welcome makeover.

Lacken Walk will be given a mini face-lift over the coming days as council workers prepare to remove overgrowth and debris.

In the heart of the St John’s Parish, the walk is a well-used amenity by locals and tourists alike with an extensive boardwalk and nature trail along the banks of the Nore. But during the pandemic it has become overgrown and Lacken Well (pictured below) is now covered in nettles and weeds. Some of the lifebuoys have also become covered in overgrowth.
Kilkenny County Council Chairman Andrew McGuinness said several people who regularly use the walk have contacted him in recent days about the issue.

Cllr McGuinness told KilkennyNow.ie: “I walked the full length of it this morning, photographed the issues and requested the council to carry out maintenance works,” said Cllr McGuinness.

“I’m delighted to confirm that council staff responded quickly and will commence clean up works in the coming days. I have also asked them to look at some broken seating that needs to be repaired and to ensure the walk is maintained regularly.

“As children we spent a lot of time down the Lacken Walk. I grew up a stones throw from there and my uncle lives there. During my term as mayor six years ago I was honored to officially open the pedestrian bridge. We have a lot of fond memories of that area and so I’m delighted to see it being used so much by so many people and happy this work is being done.”

He added: “I want to thank the council staff for the positive response and remind people that a lot of this type of work that is carried out regularly was not done during the lockdown but is being carried out now.”

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