Spring 2019

Newsletter 58 Oct 2019



This long-standing project has reached an interesting stage in that the legality of the County Council’s proposal to use a compulsory purchase order for the lands needed for the trail is to be the subject to an oral hearing of An Bord Pleanala on Oct 8. The use of CPOs for large-scale Greenways such as this is very much in line with KIO policy.


The Estate has been sold to a foreign buyer for an undisclosed sum. The buyers have indicated that they will continue with the status quo of allowing public access on a “grace and favour basis”. It remains to be seen if they will honour this commitment. Meanwhile, we have discovered that new fencing has been erected on the eastern boundary of the Estate blocking at least two access routes including one at the Scotch village.  As the fencing was erected without planning permission, the county council is taking the necessary steps to enforce the planning laws which should lead to the removal of the fencing.

 Scotch  Village

Silverbuck  Forest


Some time have a look at our website: www.keepirelandopen.org  It has a dated look due to the number of problems going back over many years that still await resolution. It maybe that, without our knowledge, some of these problems have been solved. Please let us know if that is the case.

If you come across any access problems please contact us.


1  The fencing of many upland areas is still a major concern. Fencing of upland areas requires planning permission and we do  try to keep tabs on it. However, we are very stretched at the moment. So if you feel that you could monitor these applications in your county please contact us. It’s a simple and not very onerous job.

 2  If you come across new, as opposed to replacement fencing, please send us details on a map so that we can check it out. It may or may not have planning permission.


e-mail: rogertgarland@gmail.com

Phone: Roger Garland 01 4934239




Links to Affiliated organisations

An Óige

An Taisce

Catholic Girl Guides of Ireland

Countrywide Hillwalkers Association

Friends of the Irish environment

Friends of the Murrough

Irish Rural Link

Killarney Mountaineering Club

Scouting Ireland