On Monday, January 14th, Cork County Council voted on the proposed greenway route between the towns of Midleton and Youghal – and, to the delight of the entire East Cork Municipal District Authority, it received a unanimous green light from the council.
The motion to approve the greenway was raised by Cllr. Mary Linehan-Foley (Independent) and seconded by Cllr. Michael Hegarty (Fine Gael). All councillors present voiced their agreement.
The route, which is just over 13 miles in length, is along the old railway route which closed back in 1988 (from the environs of Midleton Train Station to the disused Youghal Train Station), and Cllr. Mary Linehan-Foley was quick to tell the Midleton & District News, ‘We’ve spoken with Irish Rail and told them that we are leasing this area as a greenway. All relevant infrastructure is still en situ if they decide to re-open the railway line from Midleton to Youghal. In the meantime, instead of looking at a derelict area, we will have created a wonderful space for the people of East Cork to enjoy.’