‘Frustration’ as ancient kerbstones dug up during Council footpath upgrade

A mini-digger removing kerbstones in Castlelyons on Monday morning.

Some residents of Castlelyons have been left “frustrated and upset” after kerbstones that may have been in the village for centuries were dug up on Monday morning by contractors working for Cork County Council’s footpath upgrade programme. 

The stones were part of an old paved walkway that ran past the former national school on Rathcormac Lane and on up Church Lane towards the cemetery at Kill-St-Anne South. It’s unknown exactly how old they are, but members of Castlelyons Community Council say they may be contemporaneous with the ruined church at Kill-St-Anne, which dates to 1750.

Local farmer Dermot McAuliffe was upset to discover that contractors were kango hammering the ancient stones at 10am Monday morning as he was returning from a morning’s work on his farm. 

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