Cork City residents' group want the longest residential street in Ireland to become one-way

Cork City residents' group want the longest residential street in Ireland to become one-way
Blarney StreetPicture: Jim Coughlan.

BLARNEY Street residents are to discuss the possibility of implementing a one-way system on the longest residential road in the country.

Councillors, the gardaí and City Hall planners and engineers have been invited to the Rock Community Centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm to discuss what has been described as “worsening daily gridlock” in the Blarney Street and Sunday’s Well area.

The area could see a population spurt in the coming years with plans to redevelop the former Good Shepherd convent site for housing.

Current owners, Moneda Developments, who bought the site for just over €1.5m, have planning permission in place for 202 residential units on 7.8 acres at the site which has led to fears the local infrastructure will not be able to cope.

Blarney Street community association chairman Tom Coleman said locals have had enough and a plan, encompassing everyone’s views, needs to be devised as soon as possible.

“We are actually gridlocked at present. We have a new development of 30 houses coming on stream, there is the regeneration of Boyce’s Street and we have all the traffic coming from Kerry Pike.

“Blarney Street and Sunday’s Well are terribly affected. We need to speak with an engineer from Cork City Council because a lot of people are talking about this in the area. However, there is no current clear mandate for change.

“There are multiple issues regarding the road layout in the wider Blarney Street area and we need to talk about it and take action on the issues.

“Blarney Street is the longest street in Ireland and it hasn’t changed since the time the Butter Market was at its height of operations over 100 years ago when the provisions were brought in via Blarney Street. 

"There are cars parked on either side of the road, which is understandable for residents who have nowhere else to park, and something has to be done," Mr Coleman added.

On Saturday, Santa will appear at the Rock Community Centre from 2.30pm to 5.30pm with music by Pat Murphy. Entry is €5.

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