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Updates on R569 Road Closure

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Posted on: 27 Feb 2020

27th February

The R569 road (Kenmare to Killarney) will RE-OPEN to traffic this evening, Thursday at 5pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

26th February

As progress continues on finalising the extensive structural repairs to the R569 road at Loo Bridge, Kerry County Council anticipates that the road will re-open to traffic on Friday, 28 February.

Since the road partially collapsed on 9 February, Council staff and contractors have been working in difficult weather conditions to ensure the repairs were completed as quickly as possible.

Kerry County Council would like to acknowledge the patience and cooperation of the public while the repair works took place.

Meanwhile, Kerry County Council is to commence repair works on the N71 Moll’s Gap Road on Monday next, 2 March at 7.00am. The works – which were postponed pending the completion of repairs on the R569 – involve essential repairs to a section of a partially collapsed wall between Dinis Cottage and Moll’s Gap. To facilitate the works, the road will be fully closed to traffic until Monday, 16 March 2020. Diversions will be in place via the N22/R569 road and will be clearly signposted.

24th February

Repairs continue to the collapsed road at Loo Bridge on the R569. Difficult working conditions but progress being made. Diversions remain in place via Moll's Gap and Top of Coom

17th February

The planned road closure of the N71 (Molls Gap road) has been postponed. 

Signicant works are still ongoing on the R569 at Loo Bridge.

14th February
Work continues to repair the collapsed R569 (Kenmare to N22 road) at Loo Bridge. Diversions remain in place via Moll's Gap and Top of Coom. Please abide by signed diversion routes and thanks for your patience.

11th February

Work has commenced on repairs to the R569 Kenmare-Killarney road at Loo Bridge.


Kerry County Council has closed the R569 (Kenmare) road from its junction with the N22 Cork-Killarney road to Morley’s Bridge following storm damage at the weekend.

Repair works have commenced on site and updates will be provided in this regard.

Diversions are in place as follows:

Motorists travelling from Killarney to and from Kenmare/Kilgarvan should use the N71 Moll’s Gap road.

Traffic travelling from Cork is diverted at Ballyvourney on the N22 road onto the L3201 (Coolea/Top of Coom) road which connects with the R569 road at Morley’s Bridge. Traffic from Cork can also use the N71 Moll’s Gap Road via Killarney.

Kerry County Council will be salting the diversion routes as required.

The diversion routes are clearly signposted.

Further updates will be provided on the council’s website and through local and social media.


Motorists travelling between Killarney and Kenmare/Kilgarvan should use N71 Moll’s Gap road. Traffic travelling from Cork is diverted at Ballyvourney on the N22 road onto the L3201 (Coolea/Top of Coom) road to Morley's Bridge (R569).


10th February

Update from our engineers on the R569 (Clonkeen - Loo Bridge - Kilgarvan - Kenmare): The extent of the damage is still being assessed. At the moment, we can only state it will be a period of weeks before it reopens. We regret the inconvenience the closure causes.

Our engineering staff need to establish a baseline for solid ground and we hope to deploy excavators tomorrow to do that. Once the baseline is established, they can prepare a design solution and provide an estimated time for completion of repairs and reopening of the road.

9th February

The R569 between Clonkeen - Kilgarvan is now CLOSED following an engineering inspection.
This is the main road to Kenmare.

Diversion via Killarney & Molls Gap is in place for cars.
Cork - Kenmare traffic and HGVs consider diverting via Morleys Bridge/ Coolea


Due to slippage on the R569 Kilgarvan Rd at Clonkeen, Kerry County Council have decided to close the road for safety reasons. All traffic to and from Kilgarvan are being diverted via Killarney and the Molls Gap Rd.


Flooding on the N22 road at the junction with the R569 Kilgarvan road. Please proceed with care

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