The Great Southern Trail is Reborn as the Limerick Greenway
On Friday 5th November there was an official opening of the ‘Limerick Greenway’, formerly known as The Great Southern Trail (GST). This refurbished old railway line has a long history of community activism and participation under the name of the GST, a Cyclist.ie member group, which ensured that the line of the railway remained in public ownership from Rathkeale to the Kerry border after the closing of the rail services in 1972.
Their activism and persistence over the years, often in the face of official neglect, has now seen the opening of a fully refurbished greenway that is getting great media and tourism coverage. The present refurbishment will soon be complemented by a further section from the Kerry border to Listowel, and will eventually link all the way to Tralee and Fenit. Funding has also been provided to begin the development of a link from Limerick City to Rathkeale. Various other links out of Limerick northwards and Westwards are being planned, and no doubt the pioneering work of this local GST Group will soon see a necklace of greenways passing through Limerick!
I think we need to salute the great work of this model of community activism by the Great Southern Trail group, which has kept alive the memory of the steam railway age, and also a vision of a new active travel future! Check out the 10 minute launch video here.