As anyone who has driven into the Rectory's driveway over the last 18 months or so, it was wearing out, after several decades of use. The Adare Select Vestry approved having it completely redone, and the work was begun in mid-March and then completed during Holy Week. The work was done by James Hayes of Kilmallock Tarmacadam and his excellent crew. Kirk and I were extremely impressed by the high levels of skill, attention, and time that they put into the project.
One of the problems with the driveway — much discussed on the Vestry — was that whenever we had rainy weather, water would rush down the road and turn into our driveway. This led to a very muddy entrance and a large puddle that never went away, even in dry weather. Fortunately, the crew was able to see this happen while they were working. Their solutions were several: they created a mound at the entrance outside the gate, they installed a drain in the drive inside the gate, and they banked the driveway so that it slopes toward the field. We have not had water pooling in the drive since then.
This work greatly improves the look of the house in the village and is much safer for all who come to the Rectory. Thank you to the Vestry and to Kilmallock Tarmacadam!
Below are some pictures. First, the "before" pictures:
Then some pictures of the crew at work:
Finally, the finished driveway!