Sunday 17th February 2019

Distance 27.5k

Cloughjordan Lorrha

Track easy

Terrain some road lot of forest ,some farm and bogland.

Stamp         None available communitycenter and village pub Closed.

Feeling better after ma good night's rest, we set out from Cloughjordan with a walk through the Eco Village. It looks very interesting, with a number of solar water tubes, compost toilet space, polytunnels, a Hostel it doesn't look open but it's only 8am. on a Sunday February morning. The houses too look interesting although there is not a lot of space between some of them, but then that may not be important to everyone. It looks like the Sunday lie in, as there is nothing stirring this morning.

At the end of the Village the route took us out alongside the road for a couple of km's before entering a forest, of mostly Birch. It's a beautiful morning, there's nobody about but us and life in the forest. We re-joined the road again for a while before entering Laghile Woods for another 3 km's. The last section was particularly beautiful. What an anti-climax to climb over a stile and cross an electric fence once again onto the usual farmland headland, there was a wall along the forest where a continuation of the wonderful magical walk could have taken us along inside to the road ahead...shame....A few km's more on the road took us into Ballingarry with Knockshigowna [Fairymount} guarding us all the way. 

We stayed in Ballingarry the night before and Knockshigowna shone down on us as it has a light up Cross on top, investigation for another time. We stayed up until 8pm to call into Noonan's Pub for the Passport Stamp, but alas it is not here. It is the second time it has been asked for, and they were not aware that they are listed on the website as having it. They showed great interest in the walk and insisted that we have a drink on the house and signed our Passport. They open only three nights a week and feel that their pub will be on the market soon,  it's the same story everywhere.

From Ballingarry we walked the road into Aglish Village, and from here some more quiet country roads into an old Country Estate. We passed Lackeen Castle but the Bull at the entrance said Stay Out, this was no time for an argument. A local woman told us that is was the ancestral home of John F. Kennedy, The O'Kennedy's Castle. She invited us in as it began to rain, we declined as the day was closing in and we still had some Bog to negotiate.

The last leg of the day's walk took us through some Bog land, then between Oak and Birch trees before once again crossing the stile and over the by now obligatory electric fence onto farmland, through a farmyard over a stile and onto the road.

From here there was no way marking to say left or right to the village, and no incoming way marking if walking in the opposite direction. This needs to be addressed to take the guess work out of the equasion.

1km from here into the beautiful Monastic Village of Lorrha.  The O'Kennedy Family have been patrons of the old Church for centuries, now in ruins, but in good repair. The Community Centre and the Village Pub are both closed so no Stamp for our passport today.