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Much-improved signage needed for approach roads to Emo Court, argues local councillor

Emo Court, one of many tourist attractions in Laois

Emo Court is one of Laois’s most visited beauty spots – but drivers are making dangerous U-turns on the approach roads to it because of a lack of clear road signs, according to a local councillor.

Cllr PJ Kelly told this week’s Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District meeting that motorists “overshoot the runway” and perform hazardous manoeuvres, as they try to find one of the county’s biggest visitor attractions.

The Ballybrittas councillor said that a house and garden in the area are at risk from vehicles who miss the turn-off for Emo Court. 

At the meeting in Laois County Council, he asked for more prominent signs to be erected for Emo village and Emo Court off the Portlaoise/Portarlington road at Coolbanagher.

“Some motorists visiting Emo Court miss the turn and then perform at times dangerous U-turns to get back onto the right road,” he said. 

“I’ve highlighted this before and it is a dangerous road, as there is a kind of blind spot and people coming from Portlaoise miss that turn and overshoot the runway, so to speak. 

“A house and garden are at risk there if you don’t make that turn.” 

Area engineer Philip McVeigh replied that Laois County Council would inspect the location, to identify suitable points for the installation of additional signage for Emo Court.

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