Rathkeale Cyclists – David Lamont, Orla Lamont, Mike Hunt pictured above at the entrance to the Welcome Centre. Picture: Eamon Doody/Skyview Photography
Rathkeale Welcomes Cyclists with New Facilities Throughout the Town
Rathkeale, the start of the Limerick Greenway, became the latest destination to welcome cyclists by adding facilities throughout the town.
In a coordinated approach stretching the length and breadth of Rathkeale, Downe’s Eurospar Supermarket, White’s Foodstore and Filling Station, the Rathkeale House Hotel, the Welcome Centre, and historic Augustinian Abbey now have bike stands, car parking and toilets for visiting cyclists.
The Eurospar, White’s and the hotel offer covered pods or open picnic tables to enjoy their food and beverages. White’s now stocks puncture repair kits, has tools available and free air for tyres. The hotel hosts Pedal Pursuits Bike Hire and the Welcome Centre hosts a Failte Ireland Tourist Point.
The Limerick Greenway also has parking, picnic tables and toilets in Rathkeale. Greenway cyclists will find themselves next to the hotel, and a short ride alongside the River Deel to Main Street.
Fantastic cycle along the Limerick Greenway today. Rathkeale – Barnagh and back with a lovely stop in Newcastle West. Approx. 50km round trip but it was stunning. Bikes hired from @JimBarrett15 who were so accommodating & met us at the start in Rathkeale. Highly recommended it! pic.twitter.com/sLwzmt525W
— Daniel Montgomery (@DanMonty93) August 28, 2021
“The new facilities and Cyclists Welcome signs are Rathkeale’s way of welcoming Greenway visitors downtown,” said David Lamont, the Cyclist Friendly Rathkeale programme manager for the Rathkeale Community Council. “The town continues to better itself and was ready in time for National Bike Week.”
National Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. This year it kicks off on Sunday, September 12 and ends on Saturday, September 18.
Rathkeale, home to about 1,700 people, continues to better itself. Over 15 businesses upgraded during the pandemic, the town has fibre broadband, and we will soon be at the corner of the Foynes to Limerick motorway, making it faster to get to and from Limerick City or to work remotely in a rural environment. It also hosted a capacity crowd at the first Greenway Community Funday on August 5 in the Abbey Park.
Additional information about Cyclist Friendly Rathkeale is available, HERE
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