Bóthar cúng, casta agus míchothrom i gCondae Ciarraí.

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s best known roads, winding through rugged mountains, green valleys, small villages and towns, and providing visitor and locals alike access to deserted beaches and the breathtaking beauty of County Kerry.  

Unfortunately for road users, the county’s infrastructure has not caught up with demand for services.

The western side of Glenbeigh in County Kerry is home to one of the worst stretches of road on the Ring of Kerry.  Uneven, narrow and twisting, a car journey here presents a challenge for even the most experienced driver.  Add in buses and lorries and the road truly becomes treacherous. 

The people of Cahersiveen, frustrated with lack of any headway in regards to improvements in their roads, have formed a committee to put pressure on local government to improve the road.  Inadequate public transport in this remote location means that for most people travelling by car is the only option.  According to one member of the committee, being car-dependent brings its own issues,   

Tá aistear fad é, le taisteal ag muintir na h-áite chun dul ag siopadóireacht, don clinic, don traen. Tá sé ana costasach ar fad sa lá atá inniu ann, mar tá fhios ag gach éinne go bhfuil praghas árd ar an ola...de bharr drochstáid na bóithre, ní maireann carr sa cheantair seo i bhfad.

Cahirsiveen is served by Saint Anne’s Hospital, but in the case of a medical emergency, patients are transferred to Tralee General Hospital.  The current state of the roads add to one local man’s concern about possible outcomes for someone badly injured in an accident, 

Níl aon áit sa tír chomh fada  ó oispidéal ginerálta ná an ceantar seo.  Tá sé sin go dona go leor, ach déanann drochstáid na bóithre an scéal i bhfad níos measa...

Meanwhile outside Waterville, one lorry meets another on a bend, on a stretch of road that was clearly not built for motorised vehicles. 

This episode of ‘P.M.’ was broadcast on 8 December 1977.  The reporter is Doireann Ní Bhriain. 

‘P.M.’ was a magazine series reporting on aspects of Irish life with interludes for music from Irish performers. The series first began on Tuesday, 20 September, 1977 and was initially aired three nights a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.00pm on RTÉ 1. The original presenters John O’Donoghue, Áine O’Connor, Nicholas Coffey and Doireann Ní Bhriain were later joined by Pat Kenny.  "As editor Noel Smyth sees it, the Tuesday programme will consist mainly of film reports on topical events anywhere in Ireland, the Wednesday edition will concentrate on studio discussions, and the Thursday programme will be in Irish, with just as wide a brief as the other two." (RTÉ Guide, 16 September 1977, Vol.1, No.37, p.18)
‘P.M.’ ran until Thursday, 12 April, 1979.