By Dan Walsh
Several issues relating to Vinegar Hill as a tourist attraction were brought before Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council by Cllr Jackser Owens who described the Enniscorthy landmark as “the greatest tourism attraction in all of Ireland”.
Cllr Owens was critical of the lack of public toilet facilities on the hill. He had complaints including one from a man who suggested “bringing his own bucket!
He also had complaints from bus drivers because the laneway to the hill is too narrow and can only accommodate single-lane traffic. Visitors by bus are sometimes required to walk the laneway before emerging on the car parking area.
Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan made a call to prioritise an interpretive centre on the hill and asked that the matter be on the agenda for the next meeting. Cathaoirleach Cllr Cathal Byrne agreed.
Cllr Owens also expressed his views about signage. He felt there were not enough signs to Vinegar Hill and some people couldn’t find the hill!
Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services, confirmed that Vinegar Hill has recently received a heritage grant for signage. “€12,000 has been granted to improve signs and appearance around the hill,” she stated.
But Ms. Godkin ruled out any immediate widening of the roadway any time soon and additional land would need to be secured.