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Emo Court open again and the list of Coillte’s walking trails in Laois – for those within 5km

Emo Court has been opened again as are Coillte’s various forest walks – but only for those living within 5km.

Emo Court have also set out time from 10am to 1pm for use for people who are cocooning.

With Phase 1 beginning, Coillte’s forest parks will be open and car parks will be free of charge to all those who live within 5km of them in line with the Government’s Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business.

In a statement issued this morning, it was stressed that social distancing measures which protect public health and wellbeing must be respected.

Coillte thanked the public for all their cooperation during the COVID19 crisis.

Imelda Hurley, Chief Executive of Coillte said: “The wellbeing and safety of all people in Ireland is at the forefront of Coillte’s activities.

“With that in mind, and in line with the beginning of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap, we are confirming that our forest parks will be open and car parks will be free of charge from today for those who live within 5km of them.

“However, this easing of restrictions will only function if people continue to observe the COVID19 related Government and HSE advice, including social distancing advice.

“We all have a part to play and I want to take this opportunity to thank the public for their cooperation so far and ask that they continue to observe social distancing when visiting our forests and forest parks.

“COVID19 is a crisis unlike any ever experienced before. By holding firm and taking care of ourselves and each other, we will get through this. Coillte will play its part in helping us all to do so.”

The following trails are in Laois:

  • Oughaval, Stradbally
  • Capponnellan Woods, Durrow
  • Dunmore Woods, Durrow
  • Carrick Wood, Portarlington
  • Garryhinch, Portarlington
  • Glenbarrow, Rosenallis
  • Brittas, Clonaslee
  • Lacka Forest, Sliabh Blooms
  • The Cut, Sliabh Blooms

You can see the locations of each of them on the Coillte recreation map here:

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