Daily shuttle service to the Limerick Greenway

Siblings Efua and Kwame Ware enjoy a day of cycling on Limerick Greenway.

VISITORS to the Limerick Greenway now have access to a shuttle service seven days a week, adding to the network of visitor facilities along the 40km off-road walking and cycling route.

The shuttle runs on a loop every hour from 12pm to 4pm between the hubs of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale from July to September. Hotel pickup from locations between the hubs is also available upon request.

Bicycles and buggies can be taken on the bus, allowing users to join the Limerick Greenway at a point that suits them. It costs €10 per adult for the full trip and €5 for the half trip; €5 for children under 16 for a full trip and €2.50 for a half trip. Children under three are free.

The launch of the shuttle services comes as the Limerick Greenway has recorded 500,000 visits since it reopened in July last year, following a €10million investment by the City and County of Limerick.

Services manager Gordon Daly said the bike rental and shuttle operating seven days a week is a really positive development for Greenway.

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‘Accessibility is key to encouraging people to come and experience the beauty of West Limerick, to explore the towns and villages along the way and to stop for a coffee or to sightsee,’ he explained .

“Since its reopening last year, we have seen the amenity linked to the creation of local jobs and the support of local communities. The regular shuttle will add to the excellent user experience already in place and visitors will see further improvements over the coming year.

“We encourage people to try all or part of the 40km route, to see how beautiful and welcoming this part of the country is,” Mr Daly added.

The old railway line from Limerick to Kerry has been redeveloped into a route that can be enjoyed by walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Its smooth surface makes it easily accessible to anyone who wants to enjoy peaceful moments outdoors, away from congested roads.

Visitors can walk through the 115-metre Barnagh Tunnel and cross the cast-iron Ferguson Viaduct, two restored remnants of the 19th century train line.

More information here

Melvin Z. Madore