Sheep are straying from the Curragh plains to plague residents in Athgarvan
Residents in Athgarvan will be breathing a sigh of relief with the hope that wandering sheep will be deterred by the installation of two new sheep grids.
With councillors raising the issue of sheep plaguing residents in the area for some time, action is now being taken to put a stop to the problem.
The council is to close the road from Athgarvan Crossroads to the junction at Lumville Cross at the Green Road from Saturday November 26 to Sunday 27 to facilitate the laying of the grid.
Traffic from Ballymany and Kilcullen will be diverted along the Athgarvan road onto the Liffey Hall Link Road and the Green Road.
During the road closure, diversion routes will be sign posted.
Cllr Sean Power previously raised the issue at the Municipal District meetings, highlighting the problems posed by the sheep who have been wandering into people's gardens and green areas.
Council Engineer Brigette Rae said the location was chosen to prevent the animals straying onto the road to Athgarvan and the Kilcullen Road.
She said that the sheep shouldn’t be able to get out onto the road once the grids were installed.