Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Founder of the GAA

 The founder of Ireland's most historical sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association or GAA for short, was a man called Michael Cusack. 

He was born in Carron in the Burren of County Clare.


There are many local attractions close by to Carron and the area is outstanding in its natural beauty.


Oughtmama, Roscromroe, Temple Cronan and Dysert O'Dea are just a few of the many historical sights which are to be found in this area and well worth locating and visiting.

 There is a memorial plaque at the small Church in Carron which is often passed by or overlooked.

There is also a Michael Cusack Centre in Clare of which I can provide no information other than a link to its Website here   Michael Cusack Centre

By all accounts Michael Cusack was an interesting and courageous individual, traits which are sadly missing from those who today would claim to be our contemporary leaders.

 

The Gaelic Athletic Association  itself was officially founded by Cusack along with others at Hayes Hotel at Thurles in Tipperary. 

There is a small Plaque commemorating the event on the wall of the Hotel. 


Clare Library - Michael Cusack

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Geashill, Offaly

 

Geashill is a small village in County Offaly. 

There is a Tower House of some sort here but at present it is  inaccessible.

Geashill, Offaly

   This small village is more often than not passed through without stopping which is a pity as it is a very picturesque village if you take the time to look carefully about the area.

Geashill, Offaly

There is a wonderful Sculpture here called "Bog Bodies" which has various animals carved into it. 
You have to look hard to find them as some are cleverly disguised in the wood.

Geashill, Offaly

The largest Swine Market in Ireland was purportedly held at Geashill.

Geashill, Offaly

There are many wonderful vernacular buildings scattered about the small village including Cottages, various Business premises and its old Church of Ireland.

Geashill, Offaly

A Lord Digby is associated with the local area. I had never heard tell of Lord Digby before. There is also a well cared for Glebe walk through a small wooded copse.

Geashill, Offaly


Geashill, Offaly

There are also numerous information Plaques and Boards all around the village which are a great aid to interpreting the surrounding buildings and local history.

Geashill, Offaly

The Village is well maintained and local input and commitment to the environs are on obvious display.

Geashill, Offaly

Perhaps you have travelled "through" Geashill numerous times without a second thought. If that's the case I can highly recommending taking the time to stop off and wander about for a while.

Geashill, Offaly

Keep the wheels turning.

Geashill, Offaly

Geashill, Offaly


Saturday, 21 August 2021

Laois Bike Accident Map

 I came across this map of recorded bicycle accidents where cars and motorised vehicles had collided with a bicycle.

Laois Bike Accident Map

It's sad to say but Cars, Trucks, Lorries, Buses and assorted motorised vehicles are still travelling to close to cyclists and pedestrians. 

I've even had an ambulance of all vehicles passing too fast and too close for comfort. That's a sad reflection on the abilities and care that drivers possess.

While I was going up a steep hill the ambulance was flying down it in the opposite direction. 

If I stopped and pulled off the road I would have serious difficulty clipping back into the pedals on such a steep incline. The ambulance driver obviously saw me from a distance. 

He or she kept descending at speed and basically must have been thinking to themselves "get the F**k outta my way cyclist". Shocking stuff as it hurtled past me just inches away at huge speed as it came down Wolftrap mountain like a Bat out of Hell.

That's just a single example of many close calls, close passing, near T-boning and skidding around taking evasive action to avoid collisions. It's a regular occurrence and I'm actually glad my children don't cycle. It would scare the sh*te out of me to think of them on the road when I knew all to well what they would encounter by way of dangerous driving.

It just goes to show that there's no accounting for common sense where driving is concerned.

If in doubt about clearance don't overtake, just wait a few seconds before safely overtaking.

One life lost is one too many. Drive safely and give plenty of space to cyclists and pedestrians. Remember that could be your child walking or cycling on the road.

Car drivers often complain about cyclists however how many people have been killed on Irish roads by bicycles? I'd hazard a wild guess at zero.

R.I.P. those whom have needlessly passed away on our roadsides......

Monday, 2 August 2021

Plugger Martin, Dublin Champion of the World

 This links to an interesting article on Plugger Martin at "The Bike Comes First" Website.


"One of the most remarkable cyclists ever to emerge from Ireland, is a name that may be unfamiliar to many – 'Plugger' Bill Martin. Not only did he make his mark with his performances on the bike, but he has also been credited with some innovations which helped to revolutionise the sport."

It's a very insightful article and a glimpse into the early years of Cycling.

Plugger Martin - World Champion

Plugger Martin


Glenbower Bullaun Stone, Killeagh, Cork.

This Bullaun Stone sits beside what appears to be the base of some type of Cross at Glenbower Woods near Killeagh in Cork.

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

It's a mid sized single Bullaun. I have no information on the area other than it is a favoured spot for local walks through the Woods and the Dissour River runs through the area. 

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

The Bullaun sitting alongside the base of a Cross suggests a possible disappeared ecclesiastical tradition from a previous era.
 
Perhaps it was the site of a Mass Rock during the Penal Laws although that's just supposition on my part.

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

There is a memorial Plaque on a bridge which crosses the river in memory of Richard John Uniacke. 

An Attorney General for the Canadian province of Nova Scotia he was born in this general area.

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

The Bullaun Stone itself is located on a trail signposted for Fainin's Well. 

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

The land in this area was the property of the de Cappell family for almost 800 years.

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

It's a nice woodlands area with signposted walks and well worth a visit if in the area. The tree canopy is of mixed woodland rather than a Coillte Spruce "pulp factory".

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork

Killeagh Bullaun Stone, Cork