The need for a new public water supply for the villages of Murrisk , Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburgh will be highlighted at a public meeting this evening (Monday).

Despite one million visitors to Croagh Patrick each year, local residents and businesses are depending on water from mountain streams, which is treated locally.

However, concerns have emerged after one local child was hospitalised recently after drinking water sourced from the streams around Croagh Patrick.

It emerged recently that commonage landowners may block access to the holy mountain this Summer due the current impasse between local communities and Mayo County Council / Irish Water over the provision of a safe water supply to the area.

But this is just one of the options available, according to the Vice-Chairman of the Murrisk Development Association.

Raoul Downey says it’s important that locals attend this evening’s meeting at 8pm in Lecanvey Community Centre, to decide on a way forward for this campaign.

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