Monday 25th February 2019
Day 27 Ballinlough to Ballaghaderreen
Stamp not available in durkins or Spells or Fiddlers Ballaghaderreen
We left Ballinlough in the Sunshine this morning with out coats safely tucked into our backpacks. We stopped off at the Old Railway Station just outside the town, what a great location for a museum as the buildings are still in a great state of repair.
The sun glistened on Lough O' Flynn as we passed we admired the walking path alongside and commented on how little it would cost to have pathways just like it throughout the country.
It's road all the way to Loughlinn as there are no maps available as of now for this section The Lung / Lough Gara Way. The road was quiet and in the morning sun we soon put the road behind us. A hot cuppa was our fancy on our arrival into Loughlinn, we inquired in the Shop and were ushered into the adjoining Bar where the kettle was put on without delay. The publican and his early morning customers were very interested in our journey and in us, probably because we live close to here as the crow flies. One compared us to Bear Grylls, someone from the T.V. We left promising to return and play a tune here sometime in the future.
Outside on the street there is a Garden of remembrance to the Leaders who were put to death during the 1916 Rising, a Tree is planted for each one.
The excitement is building as we are getting closer to Ballaghaderreen, it is the town closest to where we live and we know this area so well. At Moyne crossroads, a man who recognised us came out from a house to speak with us, he lives about 5 km from us, He was in disbelief that we walked from Dursey Island cable car. He called to the owner of the house to come and meet us, we had a great conversation about Bees as he is a Bee Keeper and the one who's Bees produce the Honey that we eat. It feels strange to be so close to home talking of things local and recognising faces and places.
As we approached Ballaghaderreen, Bocca Hilla framed the town like a Great Shawl of protection. We are now within a stones throw of home, just the other side of the Hill and yet we are a week away. We will be heading North East from here across the mountains. We stopped off at Durkins restaurant for lunch and the Passport Stamp where we had been informed it would be awaiting us. The staff on duty had no knowledge of it, on up the Street to Spells Bar where the staff here couldn't find it having searched in vain.
We were sad to see the closed sign on Gallagher's shop !
No Stamp in our home town although we know it exists !
The roads were long and straight today, enjoyable in the sunshine. On a wet day this route would be endless and a bit boring. There is no Way Marking at all on this section but lots of possible places, but we are assured that.... It's on the Way.... the Beara Breifne Way was launched in 2002...... It's a bit too Irish !!!!!!!