Map 4 Ballymoe to Castlerea

The Way soon leaves the main Ballymoe-Castlerea road and crosses the great Cooliskea bog by the old tracks built by the farmers to “win the turf”. Now the cutting of turf by hand with a slean is being superseded by the machine cutting whose drying snakes you have seen on every bog.

A stretch on lanes between high hedges takes you to the bank of the Suck which is followed past a young plantation and open ground to the stone-arched Kilkeevan Bridge. (About a mile away is the ancient Kilkeevan Cemetery). You cross the bridge and immediately leave the road to follow the Way between pasture and plantation and along a green road beside a high wall.

Castlerea town is well worth a visit and access is signposted after you cross the N60. The town has all services including mainline rail and bus. This trail will bring you through the impressive Demesne parklands and ancient Irish woodlands before reaching Clonalis House , the ancestral home of the O’Connors of Connacht, Kings of Connacht and at various times, the High Kings of Ireland. Castlerea was the birthplace of Sir William Wilde, husband of “Seperanza” and father of Oscar Wilde, and in his own right a noted antiquary