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‘Significant’ traffic safety concerns at Offaly’s Faithful Fields


THE Faithful Fields in Kilcormac with its four full size training pitches with floodlights is hugely popular and has been a resounding success since opening in September 2017.

However, there are significant road safety issues associated with the facility and these were highlighted by Councilor John Leahy at a recent Birr Municipal District meeting.

The adviser pointed out that the busy N52 is “deadly” and that there is no footpath and not enough lighting along the road from Colaiste Naomh Cormac to Les Champs.

“We have asked Transport Infrastructure Ireland to build a footpath and install lights along the N52,” said Cllr Leahy. “Students walk it. Athletes walk it. The athletics club, which has 70 members, walks it.

“A lot of people drive to Faithful Fields, but that’s also a problem because they park on the side of the road and cause traffic jams. It’s a busy and potentially dangerous situation.”

The councilor said he wanted to see a roundabout built at Faithful Fields. He added that there had been a number of minor traffic accidents at Ballyoran Junction, which is around 50 yards from the entrance to Faithful Fields.

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