Section 5 Coolaney to Collooney
The way here lies mainly along quiet back roads running roughly parallel to the low rugged hills of Carricknasheeoge and Slieveward on your left. The tall church spire in Collooney is visible from afar.
Grade: Moderate - These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.
Depart from Coolaney village by the road at the corner of O'Gradys' Bar. Follow this road for approx 1.5km (crossing the disused railway line). 46km - Turn left at a sort of staggered crossroads and follow an ancient road which is grassy and soft underfoot in places. Rejoin a tarred road and continue straight ahead passing the ruins of Moymlough Castle at 48km. Turn right up a tree lined avenue along the boundary of the Annaghmore estate. Keep left along the road crossing the Owenbeg river just past Annagh Beg. 52km - At a fork in the road keep right, passing the entrance to the railway station as you enter Collooney village.
Did you Know?
In September 1798 just north of Collooney, the Battle of Carrignagat was fought. The British had a cannon positioned on Parkes Hill that was causing the French great distress. After an hour of intense fighting the French were still unable to disable the gun. Then Bartholomew Teelling rode his grey horse across a stretch of level grass and shot the gunner dead. His actions were of great importance, and a monument was built to the memory of Teeling.