Call for restoration of Courtown beach

Coastal erosion and damage to the beach at Courtown. “Bring back the beach,” say the locals (File Pic; April 2021)

By Dan Walsh at Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council meeting

“We want to move forward and see progress using local knowledge to make good decisions,” members of Courtown Business Association told the elected representatives at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council held in the Council Chamber, Gorey.

Three members of the popular seaside resort Association – Karl Fleming, Tom Flanagan and Imelda Willoughby – were welcomed to the meeting by the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Donal Kenny, who promised council support for the betterment of Courtown going forward.

The biggest concern raised was “getting back the beach”. It was claimed that there is no lifeguard at the Burrow, the seaside is not safe. and they called for “putting the beach to where it was” while working with the Council.

There was a call for the completion of the Gorey to Courtown footpath. It was said that the footpath as far as the Cow House Bistro has “revolutionised people’s lives and helped businesses” as people could walk and feel safe, however, the roadway from the Ounavarra bridge to the Brickyard Hill was described as “treacherous”.

There was a suggestion that the Council may water the flowers during the summer – this would help businesses with their busy schedule – and there is a need for waste bins. There are not enough bins, and a reminder that a compactor bin was burned!

Cllr Andrew Bolger supported “beach nourishment” The new carpark on the old Bayview site got a mention. Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin asked for a community warden at the weekends.  

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