Sleahead Drive closed for season

Old Apr 10th, 2007, 02:12 AM
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Sleahead Drive closed for season

The Irish Independant is reporting this morning that a cliff collapse on the Slea Head drive will force the road being closed for the rest of the tourist season. The paper reports that alternate routes are being established. You can pull up the Irish Independant for the full article.
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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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Wow!! That will put a damper on some plans for Dingle this summer. We will be there in May, but are doing the Scuirid Archeological Tour, so we should be okay. But, do you think that might be affected? I hope not, only time will tell.

Please keep us informed if you happen to hear anything more.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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The cliff collapse was close to the burial ground in Dunquin. The road did not go, but is, apparently, very obviously unsafe. It is better that it happened there than where the road goes on a ledge around Eagle Mountain, because it is possible to build a new road a little inland.

The Kerry County Manager has said that they expect to have a temporary roadway, suitable for cars and buses, constructed in 3-4 weeks, and a permanent roadway will be built within a few months.
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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 10:06 AM
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That repair won't be of much use to us since we are arriving in Dingle on the 17th! Oops.
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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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We plan on staying in Dingle on April 23rd.....oh well, more time for the pubs!
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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 02:51 PM
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I don't think all is lost. You can always drive counter clockwise untill you reach the road closing then turn around and go back and if you have the time go clockwise untill you reach the closing. Also if you are not traveling right away give the County folks a chance to come up with an alternate. They want us tourist to be happy. I am not traveling to Dingle this year but if you are, make every effort to get out on the penninsula as it is spectacular. Have fun
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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 03:13 PM
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John is right, it just won't be as convenient.

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Oh, no…..we’ll be there in August, so hopefully the alternate roads will be built by then.
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Old Apr 10th, 2007, 09:41 PM
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See...
http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/stor...y6&n=278543739

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Old Apr 12th, 2007, 05:37 AM
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Irish Independant reporting today that the county council has obtained the land to reroute the Sleahead Drive around the cliff collapse. If you are not traveling in the next week or two you should be alright. Its not a permanent fix but it should get them through the tourist season.
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By the way, we went through the Slea Head drive three days after the collapse. You can drive almost 95% of it! You can not do it straight through. You Drive from Dingle about 1/4 of it, to where the collapse is. There is a popular beach area (which I could remember the name) and a shop about 1/2 a kilometer from the collapse. You then have to turn around and go back a few kilomters, and then take a small road over the top and to the other side near Dunquin, which is just on the other side of the collapse. You then continue on your way. There was very little traffic when I was there, so it was really pretty easy.

In this map http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/maps/penin.tif, the collapse is just south of DunQuin and just after the little jutting out part just below the town.


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Old Apr 19th, 2007, 04:39 PM
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Chris- Thanks for the update. We'll be there in about two weeks and have been wondering about the status of the road. Appreciate the info!
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Old Apr 29th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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We drove the Slea Head on April 18. The "new" road was paved and caused no inconvenience at all.
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Old Apr 30th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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We drove Slea Head drive from Dingle on April 24th. Couldn't even tell where the collapse was. The route up Conair (Conor) Pass was lovely, but going down heading east was scary because we met a truck with barely enough room to get by. There is a stone barrier, but still....
Drove the ROK on April 23rd clock-wise as Rick Steves recommends and tried to take the ferry from Valentia Island. The weather was rainy and the water was too choppy so we had to back track to Portmagee. The scenery was spectacular even thogh it was foggy and rainy.
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We drove Slea Head yesterday (May 4) and it was in perfect condition. No sign of a collapse or any construction in that area.

AMAZING scenery. We loved it!
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