Posts in Ancient East
Royal Canal Mullingar to Longford Trail 2

Novelist, broadcaster and travel writer Manchán Magan explores the Royal Canal towpath west from Mullingar along the Royal Canal’s towpath and on the canal itself through Abbeyshrule and Killashee, to where the canal joins the River Shannon.. At summit level, Mullingar is the highest point of the Royal Canal – from there, 25 locks descend east to Dublin and 21 locks descend west to the Shannon. Manchán will walk and cycle to where the Royal Canal joins the River Shannon, exploring the history of the canal along the way. Each lock and harbour along his journey tells new stories as Manchán travels into County Longford through Abbeyshrule,Killashee and Clondraa. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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The Cliff Walk Part 2

Broadcaster and Dublin Northsider Jim Sherwin gets a bird’s eye view of Wicklow, along the cliff walk, from Bray to Greystones in County Wicklow, a journey he’s taken very often in the past. This is the second leg of the walk which his usually completed in one hike from Bray to Greystones. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Royal Canal Part 1

Dublin native Annalise Murphy captured the hearts of Irish audiences during the 2016 Rio Olympics when she realised her dream in the Women’s Laser Radial sailing competition by winning a silver medal for Ireland. Annalise will be accompanied by her mother, Cathy McAleavey an Olympian who competed in the 1998 Seoul Olympics as a sailor. They will walk alongside the Royal Canal starting at Spencer Dock, exploring some of the twelve locks, by foot and navigating the last section by boat. The Royal Canal fondly known as the green and silver line, started life in the 1880’s as a major cargo and passenger corridor from Dublin to the River Shannon. With the onset of trains and roads it went into decline but since the 1990’s it was restored into an enchanting 145km inland waterway. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Royal Canal Mullingar Trail

Novelist, broadcaster and travel writer Manchán Magan explores the Royal Canal towpath west from Mullingar along the Royal Canal’s towpath and on the canal itself through Abbeyshrule and Killashee, to where the canal joins the River Shannon.. At summit level, Mullingar is the highest point of the Royal Canal – from there, 25 locks descend east to Dublin and 21 locks descend west to the Shannon. Manchán will walk and cycle to where the Royal Canal joins the River Shannon, exploring the history of the canal along the way. The canal was once a hive of industrial activity and has since been restored so it now serves as a picturesque hub for leisure activities and tourism. Each lock and harbour along his journey tells new stories as Manchán travels into County Longford through Abbeyshrule,Killashee and Clondraa. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Ballinsastoe to Roundwood Walk 1

TV presenter and broadcaster Aoibhin Garrihy and her husband, explorer John Burke present this episode of Tracks and Trails in County Wicklow, featuring walks through the stunning landscape around Roundwood and Vartry Reservoir. This is the first video which starts in Ballinastoe, forest hikes and staggering views on show, Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Roundwood Reservoir Walk

TV presenter and broadcaster Aoibhin Garrihy and her husband, explorer John Burke present this episode of Tracks and Trails in County Wicklow, featuring walks through the stunning landscape around Roundwood and Vartry Reservoir. In this second walk, Aoibhinn and John leave Roundwood behind them and head for the Varty Resevoir where they complete a 10km Loop. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Royal Canal 2

Dublin native Annalise Murphy captured the hearts of Irish audiences during the 2016 Rio Olympics when she realised her dream in the Women’s Laser Radial sailing competition by winning a silver medal for Ireland. Annalise will be accompanied by her mother, Cathy McAleavey an Olympian who competed in the 1998 Seoul Olympics as a sailor. In this second walk along the Royal Canal they continue exploring some of the twelve locks, by foot and navigating the last section by boat. The Royal Canal fondly known as the green and silver line, started life in the 1880’s as a major cargo and passenger corridor from Dublin to the River Shannon. With the onset of trains and roads it went into decline but since the 1990’s it was restored into an enchanting 145km inland waterway. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Avondhu-Blackwater Way & Doneraile Park Trail 1

Singer and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is undertaking two walks in North County Cork. Her first walk sees her tackle a 15 km stretch of the Avondhu-Blackwater Way, from Ballyhooly to the town of Fermoy which is a mix of open road and woodland walks. Before Eleanor embarks on her walk she meets her guide, local mountain leader, Maureen O’Brien who tells her about the history and buildings of the village of Ballyhooly. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Avondhu-Blackwater Way & Doneraile Park Trail 2

Singer and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is undertaking two walks in North County Cork. Her first walk sees her tackle a 15 km stretch of the Avondhu-Blackwater Way, from Ballyhooly to the town of Fermoy which is a mix of open road and woodland walks. Before Eleanor embarks on her walk she meets her guide, local mountain leader, Maureen O’Brien who tells her about the history and buildings of the village of Ballyhooly. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Comeragh Mountains 2

Pól O Conghaile, travel journalist and broadcaster, is in West Waterford to walk two routes in the Comeragh Mountains. His first walk takes him through the Mahon Valley to a well-known landmark in the area, the Mahon Falls. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Comeragh Mountains

Pól O Conghaile, travel journalist and broadcaster, is in West Waterford to walk two routes in the Comeragh Mountains. His first walk takes him through the Mahon Valley to a well-known landmark in the area, the Mahon Falls. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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Ardmore Loop

Television presenter Helen Carroll walks and cycles the Ardmore loop and along the picturesque Tramore strand, before venturing across to the dunes. Helen has chosen to walk two routes in Waterford, one in the East and one in the West of the county. Click on the photo to find the video, a map and all the hike information.

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