Wednesday 13th February
Day 15 The Statue of The Christ The King - Cappawhite.
Track, Forestry, Quiet road, Some Main road
Stamps Excel Center Tipperary, Centra in Cappawhite
From behind the Statue in the forest of The Glen of Aherlow National Park, the route led along a slight incline at first. Then our descent began, slowly at first, before joining the steep road descent for a short while. It was follow your sense of direction at the bottom of the hill as a bit of restructuring of a bend seemed to have eaten up the signs. Down a little country road until joining the very busy early morning traffic of the main road for approx.2km before turning off under the railway bridge. It was a shock to suddenly be bombarded with such noise after the peaceful tranquility of The Glen.
The walls of the Town came into view, and soon we were passing the Workhouse derelict site and buildings. Our feelings were for the people of the region who possibly spent their remaining days or years in hardship here after being evicted from their homes by Landlords who imposed rents upon them in the knowledge that they had no means to pay.
The Railway Station is alongside , and soon we found The Exel Centre and had our passport stamped. We walked north from here to Donohill. A visit to Mary Heffernan's shop and Bar was the highlight of our morning. What a beautiful gentle woman and her shop is a delight, a glimpse of times past, our privelidge. From here we stopped at the Motte and Bailey where O' Sullivan's Army raided O'Dwyer's grain store to feed his starving people. O'Dwyer's were the land owners here and not supportive to O'Sullivan. The was a temporary diversion here due to installation of a Windfarm, so it was road walking into Cappawhite and we collected another stamp in the Centra shop. We decided to call it a day.