Map 2 Creggs to Lough Doo

The village of Creggs was once a popular center, with a monthly fair, dancing, football and feisheanna (music competitions). Its seven pubs bear witness to its popularity! It was the scene of the last public speech of Charles Strart Parnell. The great Irish Parliamentary leader of the 1880s, only two weeks before his death in 1891. Opposite the ruined Presbyterian Church is a monument to him erected in 1946, the centenary of his birth. There is also a small Heritage Centre in the village.

The Way follows by-roads and lanes to Kilbegnet. The old Primary school here, which has 80 pupils in the 1940s, was one of the many rural schools closed in the 1970s as the population dropped. Another sign of declining population is the nearby graveyard, with many graves of the victims of the Great Famine of 1846-48. This area was clearly the scene of very early settlement: an Ogham stone was found here and there was probably a church here from the time of Saint Patrick.

Beyond Kilbegnet the Way takes to the fields and drops down to the lakes and to Rosmoylan Bog beside the Suck River. You pass many ringforts, the largest of which can be seen beyond km 22. It is associated with Queen Meadbh of Connacht, a leading character in the classic epic, the cattle raid of Cooley. One of her husbands, Tinne Mac Connrach is said to have lived there.

On your right is Doirin, and oakwood with hazel and holy. Probably a remnant of the ancient forest which covered much of the country. In spring it is full of bluebells, wood sorrel and other flowers. A little further on, to the right you will see Peters Lough, whose shores are a natural garden with a variety of bogland flowers, while to the left if Lough Anargid, the haunt of swans, ducks and other water birds. A boreen takes us to Lough Loung and Map 3.