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The Hidden Sky Road

Delighted to see Carlow County Council have signposted one of my routes, ‘The Hidden Sky Road’ which features in my book ‘Cycling South Leinster, Great Road Routes’.

Its a beautiful route to complete on a summers evening at just 37kms length featuring a small climb with stunning views across County Carlow.

The route begins in Borris, passing alongside the Mountain River and out of the village under the Viaduct, heading towards Rathanna.

Borris Viaduct with Mary

Wouldn’t it make a great section of a Greenway?

The Mountain River

The Mountain River is my favourite river in the County; wild with contrasting colours of brown, gold, yellow and green. Crystal clear water.

Quiet roads with lots of great vantage points to see the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster as you head east. There are lots of little known gems to stop off and and explore along the way.

With a little searching there are a couple of examples of rock art on the route (you will need permission to access) at Spahill and Coolasnaughta.

Spahill Rock Art

Coolasnaughta Rock Art

Carlow has a brilliant network of local roads that are virtually traffic free and ideal for cycling

Quiet Country Lanes near Rathanna

Views on The Hidden Sky Road

Tomduff

There are lots of heritage sites dotted across the county and some worth visiting close to the route not far from Tomduff Cross are

The White Church, Killoughternane

Rathnageeragh Castle

St Forthcern’s Well

Templemoling Cemetery

But the best views are from on high along The Hidden Sky Road

The Hidden Sky Road

View from The Hidden Sky Road

Blackstairs Horses in the Morning Mist

Wild horses Blackstairs

The Adelaide Memorial Church of Christ The Redeemer in Myshall is an architectural masterpiece. Worth a visit on its own. There’s a great love story about its construction which was built to commemorate the daughter and wife of a visiting English man. His daughter had been thrown from a horse while riding and died from the fall. The full story can be read in the Myshall and Drumphea Parish website

Adelaide Church Myshall

Ballynasillogue Banshee Stone is a little off the trail but worth checking out. Incidentally I would advise bringing a good map along with you on any of these routes; the best map by far is actually produced in Carlow by East West Mapping of Clonegal – ‘Blackstairs, Mount Leinster & The Barrow Valley at 1: 25,000 scale, it is full of so much detail and local knowledge.

Ballynasillogue Dolmen

It may be just a small corner of the county but as you can see there’s plenty to look out for and it might take a few trips to visit them all.

Finish up back in Old World Borris and a visit to two of Carlow’s iconic pubs

Joyce’s Bar Borris

O Sheas Borris

The Bell of Columbanus is coming to Myshall

Myshall area

Turas Columbanus

This year is the 1400th Anniversary of the death of St Columbanus. A bell cast in Italy to mark the anniversary is coming to Ireland and will be carried along the ‘ Turas Columbanus – The Columban Way . The bell was scheduled to arrive in Cork from Savona in Italy on a ship called ‘Great Europe’ on 14th March 2015 and will make its way to Bangor. Organizers wish to set up a schedule to transport by car (or even a bit of walking!) over March/April to bring it to the significant locations on Turas Columbanus and leave it there for the recipients to arrange celebrations of their own choosing. Other groups may wish to be included in the schedule.

According to the official brochure

“Manu will be in Cork to receive the bell and it is proposed that the Knights play a significant roll in the journey. We wish to set up a schedule to transport by car (or even a bit of walking!)
over March/April to bring it to the significant locations on Turas Columbanus and leave it there for the recipients to arrange celebrations of their own choosing. Other groups may wish to be included in the schedule,

The suggested route is
Cork – Dungarvan – Waterford – New Ross – St Mullins – Graiguenamanagh – Borris – Myshall and then Turas Columbanus as set out on the map.

It was to arrive in Myshall and be paraded during the St Patrick’s Day Parade, sadly the ship was delayed en route and the Bell will now come in the next few days.

So a visit to the Adelaide Church was an unexpected treat as it has always been closed whenever I called previously.

Detail from the interior of the Adelaide Church, Myshall

Detail from the interior of the Adelaide Church, Myshall

 

Adelaide Memorial Church Altar

Adelaide Memorial Church Altar

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View from the pulpit

Baptismal Font, Adelaide Memorial Church

Baptismal Font, Adelaide Memorial Church

St Finian and St Fortchern also taking part in the Parade

St Finian and St Fortchern also taking part in the Parade

Myshall area

Fantastic view of the Adelaide Memorial Church

 

 

 

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