Foraging along the deserted banks of the River Moy, beneath the silent Cathedral belfry, life as normal continues for the piping waders, deaf to the struggles of the human world. The beeping of car horns is momentarily replaced by the plaintive ‘beep’ of the oystercatchers as they suddenly take flight moving overhead with quick-flick wing […]
Cong Wood is one of Mayo’s temperate rainforests – typical of lush, green and mostly deciduous woodlands found along the wet and mild Atlantic coastal counties of Ireland and the UK. These beautiful native and ancient woodlands are commonly known as Celtic Rainforests where nature abounds.
I took advantage of the lovely early June weather to travel the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway, the walking and cycling route that will link Ballina and Killala when it’s completed.
Lying largely in ruins, the ancient Augustinian Abbey in Ballina has never attracted the same attention as the other abbeys of the Moy, at Rosserk, Moyne and Rathfran – all of which are mostly intact. Nonetheless, Ballina’s Abbey has an interesting story to tell – stretching all the way back to a golden age in our Celtic past.
Rosserk Friary near Ballina is a link to a time when Ireland was known as the Island of Saints and Scholars.
Work continues on the Monasteries of the Moy – a 14km off-road walking and cycling greenway between Ballina and Killala. Work on the Ballina section of the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway at Belleek Wood, towards Knockatinole, has already been completed. The Killala section of the route has also been completed. And Leader funding of €346,472 for the […]
Ballina Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, that €40,000 has been allocated for a feasibility study for a Ballina Greenway, known as the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway.