Offical opening of Lisleibane Carpark

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:08
We were delighted to be invited to the offical opening of the fantastic Lisleibane carpark facility at the base of Carrauntoohil and the two footbridges that allow safe access onto the foothills of the Reeks. 25 years work has seen it's fruition and Anne Lucey's article from the Cork Examiner covers the events of the day

Footbridges provide vital access to Ireland’s highest mountain
By Anne Lucey
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TWO footbridges providing access to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil, along with a car park for hillwalkers, were officially opened yesterday in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The mountain hosts tens of thousands of climbers each year.
The €150,000 project, sponsored by Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland, also saw generous support form the local community, including the donation of land at Lislebby by Donal O’Connor.
The steel footbridges were made and donated by the Killarney-based German crane company Liebherr Ireland.

"This project provides a much needed carpark at Lisleibane, Beaufort, serving Carrauntoohil, and two footbridges in the Hags Glen area of Carrauntoohil, allowing hillwalkers to safely enjoy the experience of walking Ireland’s highest mountain," said Minister Jimmy Deenihan who performed the official opening.
"The designation of the Reeks as a candidate special area of conservation is important to protect the intrinsic heritage of the county and the development of walks allows locals and visitors to the county the opportunity to take in the peace and tranquillity of our highest mountain," he said.

The footbridges were named in honour of a local community activist, the late Patie O’Shea and the late Angela Kenny, a young woman who drowned a number of years ago in that area.
Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Pat Leahy said: "The safety of hillwalkers is very important and the carpark— which serves Carrauntoohil — allows for ample parking for tourists and hillwalkers," he said.

Lisleibane is one of two carparks now serving the Reeks area.