Beara to Breifne Way
The Beara-Breifne Way is a 500 km walking
route which goes from the tip of the Beara Peninsula at
Co. Cork to the Breifne area of Counties Leitrim and Cavan, following
generally the line of the 17th century march of O’Sullivan Beare, the
last great chieftain of the West Cork and South Kerry area. Members of
the Galtee Walking Club and Ballyhoura Bears under the leadership of
Mike Moroney have walked the full
length of the Beara to
Breifne Way in stages over different weekends in 2014, 2015
Report on the Full Walk
On the weekend of St. Patrick 2014 an epic journey was undertaken by
the Galtee Walking Club with our friends from the Ballyhoura Bears
Club. Following in the footsteps of Donal Cam O’Sullivan (The
Great Chieftain) of Beara, his followers of over a thousand men, women
and children including four hundred soldiers, who started out on New
Years Eve 1602! Rody Tierney proposed that the Galtee Walking Club
undertake this epic adventure at a club meeting in November 2013 which
was duly taken on board by the Club committee. Mike Moroney
the role of mapping our route and the 12 (twelve) different
northwards to Blacklion taking in the counties of Cork, Kerry,
Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, and
On Saturday morning 15th March 2014 at
from Dursey Pt. members from both the Galtee/Ballyhoura walking clubs
(37) set out on a section of the beara way in summer like conditions
climbing up onto the hillside overlooking the beautifully
Peninsula Coastline. Our journey that weekend entailed
Dursey Pt. to Castletownbere (Day 1), over rocky terrain to
Adrigole(Day2) and on the third day finishing in beautiful Glengariff,
we were well and truly on our way. What a Paddies weekend with Ireland
clinching the Rugby Championship beating France in Paris.
Ryan and John McNulty decide to undertake its next three stages
together basing ourselves in the beautiful scenic Gaugane Barra, hotel
transit providing the accommodation. We used two vehicles to
us to and from start/finish points. We set out from
the rocky hillside overlooking the bay, it was also from this area that
O’Sullivan set out on his epic mid-winter trek New Years Eve
finished the Beara section and onto the Slieve Muskery way passing
through the Kealkill area and through forestry to the glacier scared
Gougane Barra with its enchanting lake and church founded by St.
Day 5 was a marathon day staring out from Gougane Barra
through to Ballingeary, Ballyvourney and onto Millstreet. A
chilli con carne was cooked up, 2 pints of Guinness enjoyed and sound
asleep in hotel transit by 10pm “well earned”.
Day 6 set out for
Millstreet, crossed the river Blackwater and onto the Avondu way
following the quiet country roads to New Market where a tree with 12
trunks is known as the 12 apostles. Onwards to Lismire before
up with the Ballyhoura way at St. Johns bridge.
The 7th day of our
journey took in the complete 95km Ballyhoura way starting at 12:01am at
St. Johns bridge North Cork and finished at Limerick Junction West
Tipperary twenty two and a half hours later. Travelling
villages of Liscarrol, Churchtown over the Ballyhoura mountain range
onto Kilfinnan, Galbally entering the beautiful Glen of Aherlow to
Christ the King onto Tipperary Town and finally to Limerick Junction “a
day to remember”.
For various reasons 18 months had passed before we
set out on our journey again travelling from Tipperary Town on the
Multeen way to the village of Donohill where O’Sullivan attacked the
moate for its precious grain to feed his starving followers.
Ned of the hill countryside above Hollyford where a monument in the
shape of a lighthouse is erected to his memory. Day 8 was
fading light when we entered the village of Upperchurch.
next 3 days we travelled on the Ormond way travelling through the
villages of Templederry, Toomevera, Cloughjordan, Ballingarry, Lohrra
to the banks of the river Shannon at Portumna. O’ Sullivan
Shannon 3 miles north of Portumna using the hides of approximately 15
horses to construct 2 boats to ferry his followers across the kilometre
wide Shannon river unlike us who used the bridge at Portumna.
Hymnay way follows the bank of the river Shannon turning inland to
Clonfert whose cathedral graveyard is the burial place of Brendan the
Navigator. Bogland is the main terrain to the site of the
Aughrim(12th July 1691). Here to O’Sullivan made a stand at
Hollow, although outnumbered 10 to 1 he out manoeuvred and routed the
enemy and won the day. A series of ridges formed during the
called the Esker Riada formed part of the trail which finished at
The Suck Valley way includes the villages of Cleggs “where
Parnell made his final speech” Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballinacough and onto
Lough Glinn. This is sheep country where the trail also
bog lands and callous of the river Suck.
The Lung way follows the
river Lung Northwards to Ballaghaderreen an area which was home to the
first President of Ireland Douglas Hyde in his former years.
is 45km in length and links up with the Miners way/Historical trail
north of Boyle on the Curlew mountains where we heard the cuckoo on
several occasions. This route follows some of the paths used
Miners working out of the old Arigna coal mines. The trail crosses over
the Bricklives Mts making a circuit of the lakes Key & Arrow to
Kiloran Castle.Lovely Leitrim village arrived O’Sullivan’s
army & followers who now numbered only 35 to the safe haven of
O’Rourkes Castle completing their 14 day/night epic journey.
thanks to Joesephine Tierney who supplied the champagne and cake which
went down a treat, much appreciated.
John & Owen both continued
on the 56km Leitrim Way following the canal bank to Drumshambo. The
trail overlooks the eastern length of Lough Allen until the route links
with the Cavan way at Dowra . The trail was mainly forest track passing
St. Hugh’s Well,roadway leading into Cavan Burren Park with it’s
hillside Giant’s grave. A newly constructed boardwalk was a promident
feature on the landscape.Our epic journey 19 days & 727km
in Blacklion where we crossed the bridge to Belcoo which links with the
Ulster way (some day god willing) best of luck also to the remainder of
the group on their epic journey.
The Story of the Walk in Stages
March 15th, 16th and
To O’Sullivan Beara I’ll scribble this verse
That I may march into Leitrim before my spin in the hearse
We traversed your rugged peninsula this Patrick’s weekend
Three wonderful days with my comrades I spent
To the guesthouse proprietors we’ll give ten out of ten
They became baggage handlers for our women and men
They brought some to the pub without even a moan
And well before dawn they ferried them home
Day one brought us from Dursey to Castletownbere
Amid vistas and scenery unequalled elsewhere
Next day we set out with great vigour and will
And battled the slopes of ould rough Hungary Hill
On the Sugarloaf Mountain above Adrigole
We planned to toast St.Patrick at the next watering hole
Sweet memories we have and always will cherish
As we ended our trek in lovely Glengarriff
Thanks to Mike from the glen who charted our course
Then swept for three days – you are a wonderful force
Go raibh maith agat Breda – the best bean an ti
Bring us all back again to the hills by the sea
Poem by Rody Tierney
Group of walkers
from Galtee Walking Club and Ballyhoura Bears in Adrigole at the start
of day three of the Beara-Breifne Way, St. Patrick's Day, 2014. (bigger photo
Gerard Sheehy's photos
September 6th and
Report by Rody Tiereney
tranche of this historic walk has been completed by a group of
members under the joint leadership of Breda and Mike.
trek started in the scenic village of Glengarriff. From here a short
boat trip brought some of our members to the beautiful Garnish island.
Others continued in the shadow of the Cabh Dudb mountain and over the
Coomhola River, then into the valley of An Coinigeor, with
the Shehy mountains to our right where we encountered a herd of
Highland cattle. The days walk ended with weary legs as we descended to
the glacier lake of Gougane Barra. We enjoyed our dinner in the views
of this ancient religious setting.
On Sunday morning we set out
for Ballyvourney where some of us put our cupla focail to good use.
Along this trail we came across many sites with standing stones and the
old church where Donal Cam O’Sullivan and his famous troops camped
rested . We continued by the Bun Shidh Lann river which we
two occasions and reached Ballyvourney in good time to see the match.
January 17th and
Walkers from the Galtee and Ballyhoura clubs headed for Co. Cork last
complete two more sections of the Beara Breifne Way, covering the
ground between Ballyvourney and Newmarket.
Thanks to Mike and Breda for organising the event.
This is Mike Moroney's report on the weekend.
to all for making the weekends on the Beara-Breifne Way so special. We
have completed 187Km in 7 Day’s walking and climbed 6,190Metres. The
total length of the walk is 685Km so there is a lot of walking left to
do. Ballyvourney, covered in snow and ice, was the start of Saturday’s
walk. The route followed a tarred road for a short distance before
climbing through pasture and open moorland, before entering coniferous
forestry. In the snow, we had magnificent views of the village, its oak
woods, the Derrynasaggart Mountain range and the famous Paps of Dana.
We followed forest tracks for several kilometres in knee deep snow
crossing the county boundary into Kerry and back to Cork again as we
winded our way below large windmills overlooking the plains of North
Cork. The last part of the walk passed around Claragh Mountain into
Millstreet, then entered the grounds of Drishane Castle and finished at
Booing Fort outside Millstreet. On Sunday, we were not attacked by the
MacCarthys of Drishane Castle but started our walk on the O’Keefe
Booning Castle side of the Blackwater River, our route then travelled
through Duhallow following quite country roads, Deernagree village via
the Island Woods, crossing the River Dalua before reaching Millstreet.
Well done to everyone.
Group at Ballyvourney before starting out on the next section of the
Beara Breifne Way to Millstreet on Saturday, January 17th, 2015.
February 14th and 15th,
The weekend of February 14th and 15th,
2015, saw walkers from the
Galtee Walking Club and the Ballyhoura Bears complete two more sections
of the Beara-Breifne Way under the skillful leadership of Mike Moroney.
Over the Saturday and Sunday they walked from Newmarket in Co. Cork to
Kilfinane in Co. limerick, crossing over some of the Ballyhoura range.
Well done to all, particularly those who have completed all nine
sections so far walked.
On the Beara-Breifne Way on the weekend of February 14th and 15th,
June 20th and 21st,
Two more sections of the Beara-Breifne
Way, from Kilfinnane to Cappawhite, were walked under the guidance of
was tough going on the Beara Breifne Way at Maureen Browne's house
Ballylanders trying to get through 40 scones, 40 sandwiches and
sweets. Day 10 of the Beara Breifne Way walk on Saturday June 20th,
October 31st and November 1st, 2015
Report by Rody Tierney
regular Breffni walkers met at Cappawhite with leader Mike
Moroney and were joined by New York student Tim Antrim Cashin.
Multeen way in brilliant sunshine we climbed the Red Hill - avoiding
turbine site works and forestry harvesting. We continued to the hill of
Barna (380m) where we lunched beneath a huge turbine. We then made our
way to the Milestone where we joined the Ormonde way. This comprises
mostly farm land and some forest tracks. We trekked on to Upperchurch
village where we had a pre arranged meal and minibus return to
On Sunday morning we met again in Upperchurch and faced
for Toomevara. This route brought us through Knockavitoge and onto
Knocknamona where we descended and crossed the Clodiagh river. We
crossed the bridge to the monument erected in memory of the great
hurling team of 1927. Our next climb was to 254 and then along the
Rathanure boreen to Templederry where we had a welcome lunch break. We
proceeded to Latteragh over farmlands via Cloghinch and Gurteen with
the Latteragh river on our right. From Seanin’s pub (alas now closed!)
we made our way uphill to the standing stone and onwards to Toomevara
where I was welcomed by my sister Esther.
Out thanks to all
farmers whose lands we traversed, also a sincere thanks to Mattie Ryan-
a renewed acquaintance – who has worked tirelessly for years to develop
the Ormonde way. Our great appreciation also to Mike Moroney for all
his work - preparing maps and leader skills. Thanks also to Kinnane
restaurant in Upperchurch, Tipperary Inn Toomevara and taxi man Johnny
Beara-Breifne Way on Sunday November 1st, 2015. 7 photos
November 28th and 29th, 2015
Report by Rody Tiereney
The Met Eireann Yellow gale warning did not deter the Galtee Walking
Club Beire Breffni soldiers from travelling to Toomevara. All assembled
at Casey’s service station on Saturday 18 November, 2015. We sheltered
under the canopy to don our wet gear. Next we were treated to
complimentary tea and coffee by Richard Casey and his pleasant deli
staff. He also provided us with free car parking.
We marched out from Toom leaving behind the renowned Devil’s Bit
mountain. Having passed through the motorway tunnel we saw Knockane
Castle on our right. The recently fitted styles on this
section of the Ormonde way made this journey a lot easier. Thank you
We continued across Brownstown Bog and on to Cloughjordan. The picnic
seats here were very welcome for our lunch break and our visit would
not have been complete without a quick pint and local chat across the
road in the Railway bar.
In heavy rain we proceed to Ireland’s first and only eco
village and then on through Knockanacree wood. After another two hours
trek - leaving Knockshegowna hill to our right - we arrived in
Ballingarry village where minibus man Ken Daly was waiting to take us
back for dinner at the Tipp Inn in Toom.
Next morning the brigade met again in Ballingarry to complete
the last leg of the Ormode Way to Portumna. Despite weather conditions
and a red gale warning we set off in the direction of Aglish where
large trees and branches had been brought down - confirming the
severity of the storm. After about three kilometres a deluge of rain
lasting over an hour really tested the wet gear but failed to dampen
the spirits of the crew. As we approached Aglish we turned right and
over farmland until we came to the R 438. Here we stopped for a snack
by some old buildings adorned with cut stone arched doorways.
We continued to Gortpheepra deer park and on by Lakeen castle which is
a robust structure that has stood the test of time and the elements.
Passing by an old church we picked up the track of the dismantled
railway on to Clonmacaun and into the village of Lorrha. Here at the
school entrance we enjoyed the packed lunch prepared by Patricia
Sheerin – owner of B & B Sweet Home Alo Bama in Moneygall.
After Lorrha we went on through Rath Abbeylands where again we used the
old railway line that brought us to Portumna via the ferry inn where we
crossed the Shannon bridge. We finished today’s trek at the newly
erected sign where the Ormonde way meets the Hymany Way.
This was another great weekend with good company that included a lively
sixteen year old lad Crevan from Co. Meath who came along with his Mum
Deirdre and set a brisk pace for the two days. His new boots are well
NOTE. This last section of the Ormonde way requires some further
development work which is expected to commence in the near future.
Beara-Breifne Way on Sunday November 29th,
2015. 8 photos
February 20th and 21st, 2016
Saturday's Report by
On Saturday last, February 20, we resumed our Beara Breffni walk. A
9.30 start at the marina in Portumna brought the group along the Hymany
way. The track on top of the flood defence embankment stretched along
the western side of the mighty river Shannon for about 12k. The debris
washed up on this two to three metre high walkway gave us a good idea
of the effects of global warming.
About 3k into the walk we came
to an ESB building. Here there is a plaque denoting where O’Sullivan
Beara landed in his horse hide currach. After another 5 kilometres we
arrived at Meelick harbour where we stopped for lunch and were very
glad to avail of the shelter in a little shed – courtesy of a local
farmer. We proceeded west for another 10k without any difficulty –
thanks to the aid of new stiles and precise markings.
The last 2k of
our journey was on main road and brought us into Clonfert where stands
what is reputed to be the oldest Cathedral in Ireland. A visit here is
must to see the beautiful stone work and carvings around the
Close by is a holy well in the centre of a large yew tree which is
adorned with religious artefacts.
Sunday's report by Mike
Beara Breifne Way Day 17. Sun 21st February 2016
at 9.30am from Clonfert to Aughrum our distance 29Km, height gained 130
Metres, time 6hr. Before leaving Clonfert we visited St. Brendan’s
Cathedral with its greatest treasure the Hiberno Romanesque
Doorway and its well by a votive tree bearing rags and various objects.
Leaving Clonfert it was not long before we were going through farmland,
forestry, industrially worked bogs, Grand Canal and traditionally
worked bogs. Thrown in with this was a well-deserved tea break with our
lunch provided by Mary Lynch of Oak Lodge B&B (087)7924161. We
finished in Aughrim with a meal at Valeries Bar & Restaurant
(086)2830673. Thanks to all who helped to make this an enjoyable
Beara-Breifne Way on Saturday February 20th and Sunday February 21st,
2016. 3 photos
March 5th and 6th, 2016
Beara-Breifne Way on Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th, 2016.
Aughrim to Castle Ffrench & Castle Ffrench to Creggs.
Easter Weekend, March 26th, 27th and 28th, 2016
Report by Deirdre Rafter
Easter Weekend saw the
Beara Breifne walkers cover a total of 101.6km from Creggs in Co.
Roscommon to Ballinafad in Co. Sligo lead by Mike Moroney.
Saturday morning we left Creggs, pausing at a monument erected in 1946
by then Taoiseach Eamon de Valera to commemorate Charles Stewart
Parnell, Creggs was the scene of the Irish patriot and Nationalists
final speech before his death in 1891. Lunchtime found us in Ballymoe
where we were given a warm welcome by the owners of The Grove Bar.
Ballymoe was the birthplace of Eamon Ceannt one of the signatories of
the proclamation and our walk took us past the old RIC Barracks where
he was born in September 1881, his father James Kent was an RIC
officer. Ernie O'Malley author of "Another Man's Wound" and
"The Singing Flame" had a narrow escape in Ballymoe during the War of
Independance when he had to swim the River Suck to escape after being
wounded by an RIC Constable. A plaque marks the spot and the begining
of the Ernie O'Malley Walk. Saturday's walk finished in Trien. Sunday
took us from Trien through Ballinlough and to the shores of Lough
O'Flynn passing the ruins of the old Ballinlough Railway Station on the
now disused Athlone to Westport line. Creaton's of Loughglynn provided
a warm welcome at lunchtime where the owner JR Creaton told us the
story of Sean Bergin from Nenagh who was killed along with Stephen Mc
Dermott by the Black and Tans on 19th April 1921, we took a short
detour off our planned route to visit the site of the ambush where a
memorial has been erected. An afternoon of heavy showers saw a happy
but weary group trudge into Ballaghadreen. Monday brought
sunshine as we left Ballaghadreen and made our way towards Ballinafad,
passing through Largan windfarm where we had fantastic views of Ben
Bulben, Knocknarea and the Sligo coastline. The lunchtime stop was at
Drury's of Lough Gara after which we continued on past Moygara Castle
both named for the O'Gara Clan who ruled the area from 1285AD, the
present ruined castle dates from the 1500's. Our final stop on Monday
as we made our way around the foothills of the Curlew Mountains was
provided by the lovely Joanna who invited us to use her garden bench
for our tea break and even provided us with homemade muffins! Our
arrival into Ballinafad brings us to 632km of the Beara Breifne Way
covered to date. Thanks to Mike Moroney, Ailin O'Hara who provided the
transport for the weekend and Spelman's Guest House in Ballaghadreen.
Group on the Beara-Breifne Way over the Easter Weekend, 2016. 16 photos
Saturday May 14th and
Sunday May 15th,
Report by Deirdre Rafter.
Day 23 of the Beara Breifne Way started at Ballinafad on
Saturday 14th May in beautiful sunshine. We were collected at the
Leitrim Inn Lodge where the group were based for the weekend by Carrick
Taxis & Minibus Hire who provided a fantastic service over the
weekend, the driver made an unscheduled stop over looking the site of
The Battle of the Curlew Pass which took place on the 15th August 1599
between an English force under Sir Conyers Clifford and a rebel Irish
force led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell. The English were ambushed and routed
while marching through a pass in the Curlew Mountains, near the town of
Boyle, in northwestern Ireland. The English forces suffered heavy
casualties. Losses by allied Irish forces were not recorded but were
probably minimal. A beautiful modern sculpture of a horse overlooks the
pass. The group of 8 Galtee/Ballyhoura Bears walkers were
joined by John O'Sulivan from the Galway Walking Club who arrived at
the Leitrim Inn Lodge the night before on his Honda Gold Wing, the
Beara Breifne Way is on John's bucket list and hopefully he gets to
cover the entire route in the future. We set off on the Miner's Way
which follows many of the paths used by the miners going to work in the
Arigna Mines, The Miners Way links with the Historical Trail which
traverses the Curlew, Bricklieve & Arigna Mountains, passing
many features of interest including Carrowkeel megalithic tomb.
Carrowkeel is one of the 4 most important passage tomb cemetaries in
the country and includes 21 individual passage tombs, they were
investigated in 1911 by none other than Robert Lloyd Praeger author of
"The way that I went" a fantasic read for anyone that is interested in
history and geology. We followed an ancient roadway in the early part
of the day coming across evidence of mining and many abandoned villages
along the way. Among the highlights of the day were the Labby
Rock / Carrickglass Dolmen which is tucked beneath the Ridge of Moytura
our highest point of the day, the Labby Rock is a massive portal dolmen
with a capstone weighing an estimated 70 tonnes. Our lunchtime break
was taken at Heapstown Crossroads following which we were lucky enough
to come across a local vintage car run. After a quick stop in Shivan's
of Ballyfarnon we continued on to Kilronan Castle previously called
Castle Tennison which was the home of Colonel King Tennison &
his wife Anne Gore Booth. Sunday 15th May Day 24 of the Beara
Breifne Way saw the group back at Kilronan Castle with another two
regulars joining us, we stopped off at Turlough O'Carolan's grave,
O'Carolan was born in Nobber Co. Meath in 1670 where his father was a
blacksmith the family moved to Ballyfarnon in Roscommon in 1684 where
Turlough was blinded by smallpox at the age of 18. Turlough's talents
were recognised by his father's employer a Mrs Mac Dermott Roe who
became his patron. The route took us around the shores of Lough Meelagh
giving us beautiful views of the castle in the distance as well as
several boarded up estate houses and ruins of small labourers cottages
as we walked through Knockranny Wood. A brief hydration stop on Sunday
saw us at Regan's Bogside Inn where Rody Tierney sang one of his own
compositions about a dream a young lad had about being the physio for
the Tipperary Camogie team which was very entertaining.
Lunchtime saw us in Ardcarne where we had a lovely rest outside
Clancy's Pub, parasols included, we thought we were on the Camino. We
finished our day's walk with a quick dinner in Beirne's of
Battlebridge, highly recommended, beautiful food and a marvellous
campsite to consider if you are thinking of doing the Shannon Blueway.
We arrived at the ruins of O'Rourkes Castle which was the final part of
the walk for O'Sullivan Beara on 14th January 1604, thankfully the
Beara Breifne Way does not stop there, we have another 60km to do
before we can say we are finished at Blacklion in Cavan, this is
scheduled for the first weekend in July and we will celebrate the
Beara-Breifne Way on the weekend of May 14th and 15th, 2016.
Beara-Breifne Way on the weekend of May 14th and 15th, 2016. more photos
Saturday July 2nd and
Sunday July 3rd,
Report by Deirdre
The last stage of the Beara Breifne Way was covered on Saturday 2nd and
Sunday 3rd July.
morning saw the group meeting at Battlebridge just outside Leitrim
Village where we started our 25km walk to Dowra, the route brought us
along part of Shannon Blueway for a short while before we turned off
the canal at Drumleague Lock following mainly small country lanes to
the village of Drumshanbo which takes it's name from Droim Sean Bhoth :
Ridge of the old huts and is situated on the lower tip of Lough Allen
and overlooked by Sliabh an Iarainn, the Iron Mountain. We took a short
break in Olivia D's in the village to shelter from the intermittent
heavy showers before taking to the road again where we passed by the
old famine graveyard where over 500 people were buried during the Great
Famine a sobering experience when you consider that this amounted to
half the population of the village at the time. A short detour brought
us to St Hugh's Well which due to the water's high iron content is
orange in colour, the well is not far from Ballinaglera Village where
we visited Rynn's Grocers, Public House and Undertakers this little
premises would bring you back the years with it's quaint wooden
shelves, the old weighing scales still in use, even the old latch on
the door. We had a short break here before making our way to Dowra,
made famous during the Garda Nangle incident which made national
headlines in the early 80's. We arrived into the village just
the Mart was finishing where one of our walkers, we won't mention any
names, got propositioned by a middle aged bachelor whose mother had
broken her hip the night before. He got straight to the point outlining
how many acres of road frontage he had, how many head of sheep
etc. It was like a scene from a John B Keane play. The
that proposal is still uncertain!
Sunday morning we had much drier
weather which made for a beautiful walk, we were taxied back to Dowra
to begin our final trek to Blacklion, this section of the Cavan Way is
so tranquil, following beautiful little country laneways and paths in
places maybe a couple of feet wide bordered by little stone walls and
with lovely views of Cuilcagh Mountain similar in shape to Ben Bulben
and Knocknarea, Cuilcagh is the highest point at 665 metres in both
Cavan and Fermanagh. Water from it's southern slope flows underground
until it reaches the magical Shannon Pot a few miles away, the
traditional source of the mighty river. Of course we took a short
detour off the trail to visit the Shannon Pot and it was well worth the
The walk then took us through the Cavan Burren Park
with it's amazing views of both Cuilcagh and Lough Mac Nean,
another short detour brought us to Tullygobbin Wedge Tomb known locally
as the giant's grave, folklore tells of two young giants, Lag and Lugh,
who both fancied a young female giant, in their efforts to impress her
they challenged one another to jump over a wide chasm, Lag in a fit of
bravado thought he could jump backwards, but he fell to his death and
was supposedly buried here beside the chasm now known as the Giant's
Leap. Our final few kilometres saw fabulous views of both lower and
upper Lough Mac Nean as we made our way downhill into Blacklion, Co.
Cavan. Where better to celebrate this fantastic achievment than to dine
with Neven Maguire in Mac Nean House Restaurant, where the man himself
was only too happy to hear of our adventures over the last 2 years.
Thanks to Gerry's Taxi Service Belcoo Co Fermanagh, Blacklion Holiday
Homes where we based ourselves over the weekend, to Maureen Browne who
arranged the accomodation and transport, to Mike Moroney who lead the
walk and got us to our final destination, to everybody who joined us
along the way whether it was for a day or two here and there or more,
we have had an absolutely amazing experience.
Beara-Breifne Way on the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd, 2016. The final
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