There was cause for celebration in Glantane this week with the completion of their new footpath in the village.
The first phase of the footpath was carried out under the auspices of Glantane Community Council by way of a Community Contract with Cork County Council. The works were carried out by local contractor Brian Quinn, and was made possible by the financial support of Cork County Council and the local community, who successfully raised the funds needed to finance the project.
Máire Murphy, Chairperson and other members of Glantane Community Council were present at the launch, together with representatives of the local parish, GAA, Kilshannig Hall Development Committee and the Pitch and Putt Club, who all contributed financially towards the footpath. Andreana Sheehan, Executive Engineer with the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District of Cork County Council who assisted greatly in the organisation of this project was also in attendance on the day.
Welcoming the completion of the footpath works, Chair of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District and local Independent Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea said “This is a great achievement for the village of Glantane. The village is very dispersed at present with the GAA Complex, Community Hall, Pitch & Putt Club and Garda Station all located on one side of the village and the School and Church at the opposite ends of the village. The new footpath has brought a sense of connectivity to the village and will not only be of great benefit to the people of Glantane, but to all who will visit the village for future events. We have fantastic amenities within the environs of the village and it is important we can connect these amenities for all to avail of and enjoy”.
Prior to this year, there was no footpath along the main road through Glantane village and the safety of pedestrians and other road users has always been a concern. Now, having brought this project to completion and having seen how beneficial it is to the safety of all, Glantane Community Council is eager to continue with the next phase of the project, to extend the footpath in the opposite direction, from the village to the local national school. Eamonn O’Sullivan, Principal of Glantane National School, Nóirín Herlihy and Máire Ní Chrónín, leaders of The Green Schools Committee were also in attendance last week to celebrate the completion of these works and to show their full support for Glantane Community Council’s project. This completion of the next phase of the footpath will enable the school children to walk safely from the school to the GAA grounds, St John’s Church, Pitch & Putt Club and the Community Centre . It will also promote walking as a healthy avtivity, which is an integral part of the Green Schools programme.
Glantane Community Council looks forward to continuing their collaboration with the local community and Cork County Council in order to bring the entire project to fruition in the near future.