19 May 2022

ROADS UPDATE: Two Offaly roads remain closed as conditions improve

Work continuing to clear a number of roads across Offaly

Two Offaly roads remain closed as conditions improve

Two Offaly roads remain closed as conditions improve

Conditions in Offaly continue to improve and while all National Primary, National Secondary, most Regional Roads and many local roads are now passable Offaly County Council is urging all motorists to take great care on all roads.

Two roads still remain closed, both in Kinnitty. The roads are the Kinnitty to Mountrath Road, the R440 Regional Road and the L8001-1 (across the Slieve Blooms) and the L-4025-1 and L-4025-2 Kinnitty Road to Roscrea is closed in Kinnitty Village to Brertons Pub

Frost is forecast overnight and Offaly County Council says this situation will be monitored in accordance with its Winter Maintenance Programme.


Whilst all main roads in and around  most towns and villages in the county are passable, Council crews, assisted by contractors are continuing to clear remaining regional and local roads. The Council acknowledges and appreciates the ongoing assistance provided by local communities and farmers with the cleanup operations.

Offaly County Council resumed normal business this morning and all public facilities are operating. The Council is grateful to its staff, volunteers, local contractors and public bodies who assisted in many ways in preparing for and responding to the extreme weather situation and its aftermath over the past week.

If you require assistance from Offaly County Council you can call 0579346800 or our out of hours/emergency number 1890 750 750


Tullamore Municipal District

Tullamore Town - Roads Clear, clean up operations will continue. The Whitehall Bridge is now open.

Ballycumber - Clear

Priority 1

M6 Motorway section through Offaly - Clear

N52 Tullamore to Kilbeggan - Clear

N52 Tullamore By Pass to Blueball - Clear

N80 Charleville Roundabout through Killeigh onto County Boundary - Clear

R420 Bachelors Walk through Cloncollig Roundabout to Ballina - Clear

Priority 2

R420 Clara to County Boundary to Moate - Clear

R421 TTC Office to Arden Junction on Bypass - Clear

Priority 3

R436 Clara to Kilbeggan - Clear

Mucklagh Village - Clear

R421 Ballard Roundabout to Killurin - Clear

R446 (Old N6) Moate to Horseleap - Clear

L02025 Tullamore to Ballinagar - Clear

Birr Municipal District

Birr Town - Roads Clear, clean up operations will continue

Priority 1

M7 Motorway section through Offaly Section - Clear

N62/N52 Roscrea to Kennedys Cross - Clear

N52 Kennedys Cross to Fivealley - Clear

N52 Fivealley to Blueball - Clear

N62 Ballinahown to Cloghan - Clear

N52 Birr to Riverstown - Clear

N62 Cloghan to Galross Cross - Clear

N62 Clonkelly south of Birr - Clear

N62 Galross Cross to Kennedys Cross - Clear

R445 Roscrea to Borris in Ossory - Clear

Priority 2

R438 Cloghan to Taylors Cross - Clear

R439 Taylors Cross to Birr - Clear

Priority 3

R356 Wynnes Cross to Banagher - Clear

R436 Ferbane to Clara - Clear

R439 Taylors Cross to Banagher (County Bounds) - Clear

R440 Birr to Kinnitty to Cadamstown (County Bounds) - Clear

R357 Blueball to Shannon Bridge - Clear

R438 Taylors Cross to junction with R489 - Clear

R445 (Old N7) South of Moneygall (County Bounds) to Roscrea North of Dunkerrin (County Bounds) - Clear

R491 Shinrone to Roscrea - Clear

R491 Shinrone to Cloughjordan (County Bounds) - Clear

R492 Sharavogue to Shinrone - Clear

Other Routes

R421 Kinnitty to Clareen - Clear

R444 East of Ballinahown - Clear

R490 Moneygall to Cloughjordan - Passable with extreme care; Work ongoing

R437 Kilcormac to Ferbane - Passable with extreme care; Work ongoing

Kinnitty to Mountrath Road, the R440 Regional Road and the L8001-1 (across the Slieve Blooms) - Road remains closed

L-4025-1 and L-4025-2 Kinnitty Road to Roscrea is closed in Kinnitty Village to Brertons Pub - Road remains closed

Barnagrotty - Works ongoing to clear isolated area

Coolfin - Works ongoing

Doon to Ballycumber - Works ongoing

Edenderry Birr Municipal District

Edenderry Town - Roads Clear, significant clean up operation and clearing of footpaths carried out on Sunday continuing today. Accesses to school were also cleared on Sunday. The Graveyard has been cleared Monday morning.

Portarlington - Roads Clear, clean up operations and clearing of footpaths today and will continue tomorrow. The Defense forces assisted in clearing footpaths on Sunday.

Priority 2

R402 Edenderry to Ballina Cross - Clear

R420 Geashill to Portarlington - Clear

R419 / R442 Portarlington to Clonbullogue - Clear

Priority 3

R423 Portarlington to Mountmellick (County Boundary) - Passable with extreme care

R401 Clonbullogue to Edenderry - Clear, however in places it is only cleared for a single lane of traffic, required further clearance to improve safety fo traffic meeting; particularly in vicinity of Power Station. Works on-going today

R401 Edenderry towards Kinnegad - Clear

R401 Clonbullogue to Rathangan - Passable with care;

R400 Rhode to Motorway interchange - Clear

R400 Rhode to Mountlucas - Clear

R400 to Cushina - Passable with extreme care; works ongoing continuing today with Contractor (loading shovel)

R441 Edenderry to Rhode - Clear (however there are some tricky spot which require on-going attention in cluding Fahy Hill)

Other Routes

Fahy Hill - Passable with extreme care

L-5001 Drumcooley Link Road ( link between R402 and Rathangan road) - Passable with extreme care; high bank of snow on edges may become a secondary issue

R-5006 Ballykilleen - Extensive clearance works carried out, passable with care

L-1001-2 Rathangan Road - Clear to Cushaling Bridge (Kildare Border)

L-1017-2 Daingean to Croghan - Clear

L-1010-2 Croghan to Rhode - Clear

L-1018 Croghan to Tyrellspass - Clear

L-1018-3 Croghan Hill - Clear

Rhode Village - Clear

Ballykeane to Walsh Island - Clear

Ballybrittan, Rhode - Passable with extreme care; works ongoing

Clonmore & Ballyheashill - Not clear; Significant snow drifts; works ongoing

Clonearl - Not clear; Significant snow drifts; works ongoing. Some roads have been cleared including the L-10192-1 in order to enable access for persons requiring medical attention.

Daingean to Walsh Island - Not Clear; works ongoing

Ballydownan Lane, Geashill - Works carried out on Sunday, some further work being undertaken by OCC today

Geashill to Ballinagar - Clear

Ard Road out of Geashill L-1020-1 - Clear

Clonsast L-1005-2 (Bracknagh By-pass) - Clear

Trascon (Portarlington) - Reportedly not clear, to carry out clearance works later today

Ballylennon & Derry gowley (near Daingean) - not clear, requires attention

Ballymacross - Not clear, requires attention

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