4,000t of bog displaced in landslide closes main road in Galway

Last night, June 23, a landslide occurred on the N59 between Derrylea and Ballynahinch, in Co. Galway, resulting in the N59 being closed at this location.

The N59, the main road between Clifden and Galway City, is to stay closed until Monday, a spokesperson for Galway County Council has told Agriland.

Following heavy rain over the week, the bog collapsed onto the road and crews from Galway County Council worked through the night to stem the flow of the bog.

It is understood that they got the landslide under control by around midnight however, a further landslide later in the night caused more problems.

A spokesperson for Galway County Council said that crews are out clearing and monitoring the section where the bog collapsed and it is understood that in the region of 4,000t of bog has been displaced onto the road.

Traffic diversions are in place in the area, which on the way to Connemara, the popular tourist area of Galway:

  • Traffic travelling on the N59, from Galway to Clifden and Clifden to Galway, is being diverted through the Inagh Valley, and Kylemore via the R344.
  • Traffic travelling from Galway to Ballyconneely and Ballyconneely to Galway, is being diverted on to the R341 via Roundstone.