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People stand on the rubble-strewn road in Kilbaha, which is covered by rocks and undermined in places following the latest high seas and gales. Photograph by John Kelly.

Road works start in Kilbaha

WHAT a difference a week has made in Kilbaha. Early last week frustrated locals were protesting at the perceived inaction of Clare County Council in repairing the badly damaged R487, which is the main route through the most westerly village in the county.

The road was badly damaged during storms in January and February, leaving some people in the village cut off from the main route out of Kilbaha.

“There’s more work done than in the last six weeks in Kilbaha,” local publican Bernie Keating told The Clare Champion on Tuesday.

“You’d get knocked down with the amount of trucks in Kilbaha at the moment. I can’t put into the words the response that we have got,” he marvelled.

Last week Mr Keating has told The Clare Champion that locals would launch a further protest in the village this Monday if promised council works on the R487 did not commence. Locals opened the 80metre stretch of the regional road last Saturday week to facilitate local access. However Clare County Council closed the road early the follow Monday morning.

The route is the main road to Loophead lighthouse and is also part of the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches from Donegal to Cork.

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West Clare native Peter O'Connell has worked for The Clare Champion for 12 years and covers everything from sport, especially GAA, news, features and has been even known to branch into the fashion scene on occasion.

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