By Dan Walsh at Enniscorthy
The south side of the Enniscorthy Riverside Walk has been closed on safety grounds following a deliberate act of vandalism that occurred on the iconic footbridge over the River Urrin on Saturday night.
A number of timber steps were destroyed and made unsafe for public use. Warning signage has been erected and the entrance to the footbridge is cordoned off.
Staff from Wexford County Council inspected the damage this morning and the matter has been reported to Enniscorthy Garda Station. A spokesperson for Enniscorthy Municipal District Council condemned the incident today and told WexfordLocal.com that the Council has plans to restore the footbridge to pristine condition and tenders have already come in.
Many people who avail of the leisure facilities beside the River Slaney and along the Promenade regularly were angered by the destruction when WexfordLocal.com visited the damaged area today. Many felt it was “a disgraceful thing to do” while others wondered “is anything sacred anymore and can delinquents not leave public amenities alone!”
Established as the Country Walk in 2010, the popular trail is a 6km round trip scenic walk along the western bank of the River Slaney south of Enniscorthy town. The trail starts along the promenade walk at the southern end of the town and heads past a playground, crosses a footbridge at the River Urrin and follows a gravel path through a semi-wild meadow which is part of an extensive Special Area of Conservation.
Gardaí in Enniscorthy are investigating the matter and would like to hear from witnesses on 053 924250 the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.