Dumping beside stretch of Waterford Greenway condemned

Posted on: January 10th, 2019

One of the photos of rubbish dumped. The filthy practice has been criticised by a local land owner. She said it was undermining the effort that has gone in to promoting the Waterford greenway.


A series of dumping incidents along one stretch of the Waterford Greenway has been highlighted by a local landowner who says it is damaging the cycling and waling amenity.

“Great work has been done to market the greenway over the last two years and Waterford has been seeing the positive impact from that,” said land owner and marketing professional Aileen Barron.

“A phenomenal job has been done and hotel rooms are being booked up. In light of all the effort that is being put into that, it’s a bit ironic to see rubbish being dumped in the area.

“However, I guess the people doing the dumping don’t care. It’s a situation that warrants the erection of CCTV cameras as it’s all too regular.”

The dumping incidents took place at Kilronan, Butlerstown, just after Christmas. And the particular spot Aileen Barron has highlight is at an access point onto the greenway.

She said those responsible appear to operate after dark, with a particular unsightly heap of domestic refuse dumped three days after Christmas.

It appears to have been carried out by people deliberately choosing a quiet and remote location after dark to get rid of rubbish, rather than by greenway users.

However, while there have been a number of similar incidents it is hoped publicising it may bring an end to it.

Barron shared photos of rubbish left on December 28th and spoke to the Irish Independent about her concerns.


The greenway has been a huge success for the area, bringing visitors into Waterford from all over the country.

Research conducted by Waterford City and County Council revealed almost 250,000 people visited the greenway in its first nine months.

And of those, 141,906 have cycled on the greenway in its first nine months. Surprisingly, the cycling visits were much higher than those by walkers.

Some 105,639 walked some or all of the greenway. Other findings of the survey carried out for the council include:

  • 27 per cent of those of cycled hired a bike to do so.
  • 94 per cent of visitors described the greenway as excellent or good.
  • Two thirds of visitors were the Waterford area.
  • All others, but two per cent, were from other parts of Ireland.
  • 80 per cent of visitors from outside Waterford stayed in paid accommodation.
  • 45 per cent of those who stayed in the area did so in Dungarvan.
  • 22 per cent stayed in Waterford City.
  • The average spend per person while on the greenway was €28.50.

In total, the greenway cost €15 million to develop. It runs on the old Dungarvan to Waterford railway line.