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Laois County Council delivers significant additional car parking at popular tourist location

Laois County Council has announced the provision of significant, additional car parking at the Glenbarrow Falls Car Park in the Slieve Blooms.

An additional 60 car parking spaces have been provided, immediately adjacent to the existing 35 spaces.

Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Cllr Paschal McEvoy, welcomed the development.

He said: “The additional car parking was funded under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Fund.

“Developments such as this serve to illustrate that, with adequate levels of support funding, Laois County Council can ensure that County Laois is a destination of choice for outdoor activities and adventure tourism.

“I am very pleased to see this development and I urge the Council to continue the delivery of Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure such that we increase and support the number of people active in the outdoors and generate consequential economic opportunities for local businesses.”

Cathaoirleach of the Mountmellick Borris in Ossory Municipal District Committee, Cllr John King also welcomed the news.

He said: “Glenbarrow Falls is one of a number of very popular stopping points in the Slieve Blooms and the provision of this additional parking will serve to support enhanced accessibility and visitor experiences in the Slieve Blooms.

“I welcome and acknowlegde the support of the local community for this development.

“The additional car parking compliments a growing recognition that people are looking for outdoor experiences and activities, connecting with local, natural assets and there are few, more attractive, natural assets than at Glenbarrow Falls.”

Director of Services Simon Walton said: “I congratulate all of the staff involved in the delivery of this project for their expertise, innovation and perseverance.

“I also acknowledge all the local discussions and agreement with the landowner that facilitated delivery of the project and I’m happy that the project was delivered, to a high standard, by local contractors, Hinch Plant Hire.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.