Ireland’s Alternative Ancient East…….

If Ireland’s Ancient East takes off as well as the Wild Atlantic Way, there won’t be room to move around the ancient heartlands! Sure it includes the obvious and it is no surprise that it misses the many delights of Carlow, Kildare and Laois.
We’ve known for a long time that the tourist maps show a black hole that is remarkably similar in shape to County Carlow!
If we are to be promoted we will have to do it ourselves.

Those thoughts are not new but they were reinforced this evening on a delightful looped cycle around south County Kildare. How often have we sped up the M9 or along the old R448 and failed to stop and explore the marvels on our doorstep?

I completed a 40kms loop this evening around Castledermot, Moone, the Quaker village of Ballytore and Fraughan Hill. A fabulous route with so many ancient sites to visit that you won’r hear mentioned as part of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Here are a few more photos.

Moone High Cross

Moone High Cross

Moone High Cross

Moone High Cross

Moone High Cross

Moone High Cross

Castledermot Round Tower

Castledermot Round Tower

Granite mushrooms

Granite mushrooms

High Cross Inn

High Cross Inn

Moone High Cross

Moone High Cross

Castledermot Abbey

Castledermot Abbey

Castledermot High Cross

Castledermot High Cross

Castledermot High Cross

Castledermot High Cross

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