New paths along Kilmallock’s historic town wall.

KILMALLOCK was the focal point for government rule in North Munster up to the end of the 17th century – and its historic standing was celebrated at a recent council meeting in the town.

kilmallock-abbeyA new walking and cycling route is to be built alongside the western flank of the old town wall, heard councillors in the Cappamore-Kilmallock municipal district. It is the latest initiative to reinforce Kilmallock’s status as a walled town.

Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) funding of €200,000 will cover the construction of the pathway, fencing and repairs to the town wall where appropriate.

The local authority will project manage. Sarah McCutcheon, executive archaeologist, Limerick City and County Council, said: “It is really going to win the hearts and minds of people to see what a wonderful monument it is.”

The town’s defences date back as far as the 1280s.

Barry Murphy, senior executive engineer, said he had been working in Kilmallock for two years and didn’t know anything about it.

“It is very inaccessible – very few have seen it. It is a unique national monument and perhaps international. It is extraordinarily rare,” said Mr Murphy.

Ms McCutcheon said the loop will commence at the back of Super Valu and end at the church.

“It will give access to the new school so children will be able to walk to school. The path will be tar and chip, low maintenance and sympathetic to its surroundings,” said Ms McCutcheon. The meeting heard that Super Valu is transferring land, the council is purchasing the next part and the parish is transferring the final section.

Combined with the new walk is rebuilding sections of the wall.

“Several spots of the wall are low,” said McCutcheon, who stressed the importance of securing householders’ boundaries.

With permission from the Department of Arts it is expected they will be allowed to rebuild these sections in a suitably sympathetic manner. “It only fell from its full height in the 1980s,” she said.

Courtesy Limerick Leader.

 

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