By Sean Moriarty

Plans to create a 9km walkway which will link Tomies Mountain, the shores of Lough Lein, and O’Sullivan’s Cascade, moved a step closer this week after both Kerry County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) confirmed that work will begin soon on a new access road to the picturesque waterfall.

Plans for access to the walkway in Killarney National Park were on the long finger due to on-going issues with land purchases. The new road will allow better access to O’Sullivan’s Cascade, often considered as one of Killarney’s hidden gems.

The Council granted planning permission for the 9km walkway three years ago. This week the NPWS confirmed that the lands had been acquired and that work on the Tomies Mountain section could start early next year.

Plans for the remaining sections of the walkway are on the long-finger however, as there are still a few land ownership issues to be confirmed.

Local independent councillor Brendan Cronin has been a long-time advocate of the walkway and Greenways in general.

“This a new asset to our tourism bow,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

Tomies Wood is currently accessible by a narrow single-track road and there’s no proper parking facilities there. The new development will allow parking for around for between 20 and 25 cars.

Cllr Cronin confirmed that the plans to create the full 9km walkway remain on track but are dependent on land acquisitions.