Council Provides Grit Supplies To Local Communities In Clare

From: Dunphy PR
Published: Fri Jan 08 2010

Supplies are being provided at 42 separate locations throughout Clare (see list below).

Tom Tiernan, Senior Engineer, Clare County Council, stated: "We are scheduled to receive fresh supplies of rock salt from Limerick this evening. This will enable us to continue to treat our main priority routes and keep the county moving as much as possible."

He added; "There is a huge amount of work involved in keeping our roads and communities as safe as possible for motorists and pedestrians, and we would therefore appeal to the public to utilise the grit supplies being provided today for the purpose of gritting local blackspots on secondary routes. We would advise road users to exercise extreme caution on all routes, especially secondary roads."

Over 550 kilometres of County Clare’s road network have been salted and gritted on a daily basis since the outbreak of the current cold period of weather in mid-December 2009.

Mayor of Clare Councillor Tony Mulcahy paid tribute to outdoor staff of Clare County Council who have been involved in gritting operations since mid December. Mayor Mulcahy noted that many of the gritting crews were also involved in the flood relief efforts in County Clare in the weeks leading up to the wintry spell.

The Clare Local Authorities, including Clare Civil Defence, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, are working with An Garda Síochána and the Health Services Executive to ensure a co-ordinated approach for dealing with the various issues. Links also have been established with Met Éireann, AA Roadwatch, RSA, the Department of Transport and the National Roads Authority to ensure that up-to-date information is made available to the Local Authorities.

Meanwhile, the extended period of cold weather has led to a 20 per cent increase in demand in all the Council’s water supplies. Most of the Council’s water treatment plants are at or near production capacity. Customers are requested to deal with leaks and bursts immediately, and to conserve supplies as far as possible. Water is rationed in some areas.

Members of the public seeking advice pertaining to roads/water services related issues should contact their Local Area Office during office hours (9am-5pm). For out-of-office hours emergencies, persons may contact the Council’s 24-hour emergency telephone 087-4169496. Clare County Council’s website also is updated on a daily basis.

Local Area Office contact details:
• Ennis area office - (065) 6869534
• Ennistymon area office - (065) 7071017
• Kilrush area office - (065) 9051047
• Scariff area office - (061) 640815
• Shannon area office - (061) 362319
• Clare County Council Corporate Headquarters - (065) 6846337

Locations of Grit Supplies:

East Clare

- GAA Pitch Killaloe
- Garronboy Chapel
- Kealderra Road, O'Callaghans Mills
- Clonloumn Cross, O'Callaghans Mills
- Killuran Cemetery, O'Callaghans Mills
- Fermoyle Cross, R465
- De Courceys Bridge, Griffens Cross, Clonlara
- Car Park, Truagh Church, R471
- Car Park, Killanena Church
- Car Park, Feakle Graveyard
- Quarry, Glendree Cross, Feakle
- Quarry, Noonans Cross, Flagmount
- Car Park, Lower Main Street, Tulla

West Clare

- Old Creamery, Coolmeen Road, Kildysart
- Side road adjacent to Talty's Joinery, Lissycasey
- Marina Car Park, Kilrush
- Old Creamery, Cooraclare
- Car Park, Kilmihil
- East End Car Park, Kilkee
- The Square, Carrigaholt
- Sean Crowleys yard opposite L & M Keating, Kilmihil
- Bogdale House, Lisroe, Kilmaley
- Boree Log, Lissycasey
- Coore Church

North Clare

- GAA Pitch Car Park, Miltown Malbay
- GAA Pitch Car Park, Inagh
- Kilnaboy Grave Yard, Chip Dump
- GAA Pitch Car Park, Carron
- Church Car Park, Ballyvaughan
- Church Car Park, Ruan
- Public Car Park, Lisdoonvarna
- Crag Car Park, Lahinch
- The Square, Kilfenora
- Ardnaculla, Ennistymon

Shannon Area and South Clare

- Leamaneigh Cemetery
- Entrance to Cratloe Woods on Gallows Hill, Cratloe
- Entrance to Forestry at Coolycasey Cross on the Sixmilebridge to Clonlara Road
- Oatfield Church off the Sixmilebridge to Clonlara Road

Ennis West

- Caherbannagh Creamery
- Fork of road at Bushypark
- Community Centre Car Park, Kilmaley
- Community Centre, Kilnamona
- Behind Considine’s Pub, Barefield

Ennis East

- Ballyea Church
- Clarecastle Car Park
- Quin-Latoon Road at Maigh Dara Housing Estate
- Clooney Church


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