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Official Openings of Rural Development Projects

On May 16th,  Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor John O’Leary along with the Cathaoirleach of the Comeragh Municipal District, Councillor Liam Brazil officially opened a trio of new facilities in the Comeragh area.

First off was the new Lemybrien Playground where Councillor Brazil spoke about the great facility now in place which was very much designed with inclusivity and special needs in mind and which was proving a fantastic attraction for families from miles around. He also spoke of the contribution of the local community under the leadership of Kevin Lonergan.

Next it was on to Mahon Falls where Councillor O’Leary and Councillor Brazil jointly opened the newly expanded and improved car-park. Here, the emphasis was very much on the growing recreational value of the Comeragh Mountains to both local residents and visitors alike. A landscape which inspires everybody who visits there but also a landscape which needs to be valued and protected. Again, the contribution and involvement of the local community was acknowledged, particularly that of the Comeraghs Development Group, and the cooperation of local landowners, particularly Pat Keating and the commonage owners of the lands leading to the Falls.

The final destination was Kilmeaden where the Mayor officially opened the new Greenway link connecting Kilmeaden village to the Waterford Greenway at Kilmeaden Station. Councillor O’Leary paid particular compliments to the work of Waterford and Suir Valley Railway, to the Council staff involved and particularly to the contribution of landowners John and Joan Stephenson, who had allocated a significant amount of their personal property in order to accommodate the link.

In Kilmeaden also, the Mayor, in conjunction with the local Kilmeaden-Ballyduff group, launched a new initiative called the Kilmeaden-Ballyduff Community Garden, the work of which will bring substantial joy to the residents of the area over the next number of years. At the launch, the group was represented by Peter Jacob, Linda Spillane and Declan Finn.

Across all three facilities, there were distinct similarities which both Councillor O’Leary and Brazil alluded to. All three were of a recreational nature and encouraging of outdoor activity. They were funded by various but complementary government programmes – the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and the Active Travel programme. There was community involvement in all schemes and, vitally, there was huge cooperation from local land owners. Finally, there was real commitment for those entrusted with delivering the projects, particularly the Council staff involved but also the contractors employed by the Council who did excellent work on all three projects.

The Mayor’s final wish was that everyone who used these facilities, locals and visitors alike, would get joy, health and a feeling of well-being from their presence and that the Comeraghs area would continue to be a source of joy and inspiration to all who visit her and enjoy her beauty.


Free to use images – David Clynch

Estates Taken in Charge : Cois Cille, Dunhill & Cúl Rua, Aglish, Co. Waterford

Proposal to declare Roads serving developments at :

  • Cois Cille, Dunhill, Co. Waterford
  • Cúl Rua, Aglish, Co. Waterford

    to be Public Roads.

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11 Subsection (1) (b) (iii) Roads Act 1993 that Waterford City and County Council propose to declare the above mentioned roads to be
Public Roads.

The drawing indicating the roads to be taken in charge are available for inspection below
or copies can be viewed in our Customer Services Departments in Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan or Bailey’s New Street for a period of one month up to and including 22nd March, 2023.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposal to declare the roads to be Public Roads may be made in writing up to 29th March, 2023. Please include the name of the
development in the submission subject line.

By Post: Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
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Official Opening of Waterford Council’s latest social housing development

Waterford’s latest social housing development, Port na Machan in Kilmacthomas was officially opened by Cllr. John O’Leary, Cathaoirleach of the Comeragh District.

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler TD was also in attendance as the ribbon was cut on the 16-unit development.

Funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, John Somers Construction was the main contractor on the development with the design team led by CJ Falconer & Associates.

The development consists of a mix of homes with 6 one-beds, 8 two-beds and 2 three-beds.  All of the ground floor units have a south-facing garden, while the first-floor apartments are fitted with balconies, overlooking the River Mahon and river walkway.

Addressing the attendees Cllr. O’ Leary said, “The importance of having a home of your own cannot be understated. A home provides security, control, belonging, identity, and privacy, among other things. It gives us a place to set off from in the morning, and a place to come home to.”

Cllr. O’Leary also commended Waterford City and County Council’s Housing department, engineering team, estate management team, John Somers Construction and CJ Falconer & Associates for “a truly collaborative project, which has resulted in the high standard of this development.”

Ivan Grimes, Director of Services for Housing, Waterford City and County Council, said, “We are extremely pleased with the standard of finish at Port na Machan.  All of the homes are A2-energy rated for greater energy efficiency and cost savings.  Not only are the homes appointed to the highest standards, they are set against one of the most picturesque backdrops in the heart of Kilmacthomas, close to schools and amenities, a stone’s throw from the Waterford Greenway and close to Dungarvan and Waterford city.”

“In partnership with the Department of Housing, Waterford City and County Council will continue to deliver projects such as Port na Machan, which not only provide homes for families, but also help sustain local shops, local services and local communities.”

Senator John Cummins, Councillors from the Comeragh and Dungarvan / Lismore districts along with residents of the new development were in attendance.