Visual reminder of tragedy at protest against speeding cars on Cork's northside

Visual reminder of tragedy at protest against speeding cars on Cork's northside
Relatives of Kimberley O'Connor Jenny McCarthy, aunt and her grandmother Noreen Kenny, who killed on Harbour view earlier this year, protesting for calming measures on the Harbour View road in Knockankeeney Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Harbour View Road residents on Cork city's northside held a protest again today to highlight the need for speed safety measures in the area.

There have been repeated calls for an upgrade of the local road network, with speed reduction measures, since a devastating fatality for the community in February.

Kimberly O'Connor, aged 16, was in the front seat of a car that crashed into a wall on Harbour View Road on Wednesday, February 19.

At today's protest, residents held pictures of Kimberly as a reminder of the young life lost.

Kimberly was a star student and popular member of the local community.

In the last month, there was also a joyriding incident where a car lost control and ended up on its roof.

Speaking to The Echo, chairperson of the Harbour View Road residents' association Don O’Sullivan said there is a great desire within the local community for safety measures, such as speed bumps.

“It is a really busy road, you have buses and articulated lorries, traffic going to Blarney, Waterloo and Tower, there are a lot of cars on the road and speed is an issue.” 

Relatives of Kimberley O'Connor killed on Harbour view earlier this year, protesting for calming measures on the Harbour View road in Knockankeeney Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Relatives of Kimberley O'Connor killed on Harbour view earlier this year, protesting for calming measures on the Harbour View road in Knockankeeney Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Mr O’Sullivan said the protest is to highlight the need for the measures and also to try and get Cork City Council to engage with the residents to implement the much-needed infrastructure.

“We are calling on City Hall to engage with us and have a meeting with residents. 

"We know it is tricky with Covid, but we have a large hall we can use and if Council meetings are going ahead, then why can’t this?” 

Mr O’Sullivan said that local councillors and TDs had been making representations on behalf of the residents.

“The speed limit on the road is 30kph but a physical structure is needed. 

"City Council needs to engage with us, it is a busy road.” 

The local resident said the community would not be backing down on this.

“The community needs it and the community wants it and we are not going away.

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