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Summer Cycling 2

Carlow – Leighlinbridge Loop

Hang this man!!

Sir Richard Butler

And we all think our bosses are the worst in the world! Poor Phil Kennedy worked as a farm steward for Sir Richard Butler of Garryhunden, the part of the county we visit on this route. He was a member of the United Irishmen during 1798. Sir Richard gave him a letter to deliver to authorities in Carlow. When it was opened, it read ‘hang this man’ and the poor man was executed.

I love these gems of local history that I pick up on cycling the backroads of Carlow and beyond. Well done to Carlow Tourism on erecting fantastic storyboards at heritage sites across the county. This one is at Clonmelsh graveyard, where many of the Butler family are buried. One of their ancestors went on to become a signatory of the American Constitution and the creator of the daft Electoral College systems used in American elections!

This is a lovely flat 30kms loop that takes the quiet Blackbog road out of Carlow Town and out to Milford. Just before Morrisseys Quarry, take a right onto a bóitrín which brings you down by the two graveyards. Continue on and you meet the back road to Bagenalstown. Stay on this road as far as the Harrow Cross and turn right for historic Leighlinbridge, one of the prettiest villages on the River Barrow. I love stopping here at the memorial garden where a lot of Carlovians are remembered. Among them the famous scientist and Alpine mountaineer, John Tyndall, Nurse Margaret Kehoe, Orchard, Leighlinbridge, who was shot on Easter Monday during the Easter Rising in 1916 as she carried out her duties. She must surely be related to Captain Myles Kehoe who fought and died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn with General Custer and the 7th Cavalry.

The Black Castle and the Valerian Bridge, Leighlinbridge. The first toll bridge in Ireland!

There’s lots more to see in the Memorial garden, well worth a stop and a nice place to snack. We took the Barrow Track back to Milford.

The grassy pathway is just perfect for cycling, provided Waterways Ireland remember to cut it…..

We crossed over The Barrow at Milford and returned home along the back road to Carlow Town an in along the Green Road.

Disney Land!!

I have been asked to post up route maps of local cycle routes, here is a very handy 17kms loop that takes in a visit to an interesting graveyard!


One of the first things I do before I start any cycle is check the wind direction! I prefer to face the wind on the way out and have it in my back on the return leg – it certainly feels better anyway!

Tonight I christened this route Disney Land!

On such a beautiful evening as tonightI headed out to a graveyard that is seldom visited – if you are to judge by the overgrown state of it. An awful pity – because Clonmelsh graveyard is another Carlow gem.

Walt Disney is probably one of the most recognised names anywhere across the globe and some of his ancestors are buried here.




Disney Grave at Clonmelsh

That’s a good reason to take the bike out on a fine summers evening.

Disney Graves

Disney Graves

As famous as the Disney name is, the graveyard is also the resting place of the family of Pierce Butler – one of the signatories of the American Constitution!

It also contains one scary crypt! This crypt is wide open and sadly vandalised.

Garryhunden Tomb

Crypt at Clonmelsh

Continuing on my nice little journey I followed some lovely quiet roads that took me back to Carlow passing this lovely post box at Moyle.



Lots to see on safe back roads around Carlow Town – never more than 5 miles from home.

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