It may be Ireland’s longest bridge – and also the longest name – and there are a few days left before the official christening – but the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge will be the centre of national attention when it becomes a novel location for a major Charity 5K Walk.
People throughout the south east region are encouraged to join in a Charity 5K walk on the new N25 New Ross Bypass to raise funds for New Ross Community Hospital, Kilkenny Home Care and Special Olympics Ireland. The event is being held on the Sunday before the road opens to traffic on Thursday, January 30th.
The star attraction on the day will undoubtedly be the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow. At 887m, this is Ireland’s longest bridge and includes the longest bridge spans of their type in the world. The event will provide an opportunity for the public to walk across this magnificent record-breaking structure before it opens to traffic, while also raising money for very worthy causes.
Sean Dobbs is Wexford County Council’s Project Liaison Officer for the New Ross Bypass; “The people of the New Ross area and the south east region have waited patiently to see this much needed project come to fruition. This event provides a not-to-be-missed opportunity for the community to walk along the scheme and over the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge prior to opening and celebrate this iconic piece of infrastructure, while also raising money for very worthy causes.”.
The event starts at 1 pm on Sunday, January 26th. It is being hosted by Wexford County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Kilkenny County Council in collaboration with the project PPP Company (Bam/Iridium), the project contractors ‘New Ross Joint Venture’ (Bam/Dragados) and with the support of St. Joseph’s and United Striders Athletics Clubs.
Registration for the event is now open online at https://www.facebook.com/N25-New-Ross-Bypass-Charity-Walk-127808438755339. Numbers are limited, so walkers and joggers of all abilities are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for what promises to be a fun day out. The online entry fee is €10 for adults and over 12’s, while under 12’s is free. All funds raised will go to the three designated charities.
Start on the bypass at Stokestown on the Wexford side of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, and participants will cross the bridge into Co. Kilkenny before returning over the bridge back to the start point. All access to the event will be via the R733 road from New Ross town to Arthurstown, and parking will be provided at the event site. Further details for the event are also available at https://www.facebook.com/N25-New-Ross-Bypass-Charity-Walk-127808438755339. Directions and traffic marshalling will also be provided on the day to assist drivers.