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Anyone in or passing through Ireland, this Greenway could be of interest.

Year of past OR future Camino
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hi everyone. In this time of not knowing when or how life can resume 'the normal', whatever that was!, I came across something this morning that could interest anybody, although at this moment in time, it can truly be of interest only to people within 5km of any point on the route known as the Royal Canal Greenway. If nothing else, it can whet your appetite for a future wander along a lovely route, and part of it is the walk to the famine ships that took people to the New World, the world of hope and promise.. it would interest anybody who might have to touch down in Ireland en route to Spain. Enjoy!

https://royalcanalrunner.com/2021/03/24/official-launch-of-the-royal-canal-greenway/
 
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Hi everyone. In this time of not knowing when or how life can resume 'the normal', whatever that was!, I came across something this morning that could interest anybody, although at this moment in time, it can truly be of interest only to people within 5km of any point on the route known as the Royal Canal Greenway. If nothing else, it can whet your appetite for a future wander along a lovely route, and part of it is the walk to the famine ships that took people to the New World, the word of hope and promise.. it would interest anybody who might have to touch down in Ireland one route to Spain. Enjoy!

https://royalcanalrunner.com/2021/03/24/official-launch-of-the-royal-canal-greenway/
Christie Moore did a song about it! "Along the banks of the Royal Canal" :)

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Flog

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2020
I just heard it mentioned on the news here at lunchtime. Ironic that it's launched in the middle of our lockdown but it's great news, I look forward to the chance to walk it!
 

TMcA

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Year of past OR future Camino
Pamplona to Santiago (2013)
Le Puy to Pamplona in segments (2013 - 2016)
Pamplona to León
Am I wrong to think it's mostly hardscape underfoot? (Looked at pictures in the link.)
 
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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
Hi everyone. In this time of not knowing when or how life can resume 'the normal', whatever that was!, I came across something this morning that could interest anybody, although at this moment in time, it can truly be of interest only to people within 5km of any point on the route known as the Royal Canal Greenway. If nothing else, it can whet your appetite for a future wander along a lovely route, and part of it is the walk to the famine ships that took people to the New World, the world of hope and promise.. it would interest anybody who might have to touch down in Ireland en route to Spain. Enjoy!

https://royalcanalrunner.com/2021/03/24/official-launch-of-the-royal-canal-greenway/

Thanks Kirkie, I am already planning it as a pre-caminowalk to finish my training for 22-23. or perhaps a quickie trip from the East Coast,USA... Hopefully, by that time,we can walk all the way to Dublin!
 

gerardcarey

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Year of past OR future Camino
CFx2, CPx1
It was Luke Kelly singing the song that first awakened my interest in the prison and the canal.
Now the Royal has joined my list of wannado walks, and is surely at the top of things to do when next visiting the Emerald Isle.
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
CF Sep/Oct 2015
C Primitivo Sep / Oct 2016
Portugese Sep/Oct 2017
VdlP, Muxia 2018
It was Luke Kelly singing the song that first awakened my interest in the prison and the canal.
Now the Royal has joined my list of wannado walks, and is surely at the top of things to do when next visiting the Emerald Isle.
There is a Famine Way from Strokestown in Co Roscommon to the Custom House in Dublin. 165 km long, much of it along the Royal Canal. You can find out more by following this link -
I have signed up but unable to do it until Covid restrictions are lifted and hospitality reopens.
 
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gerardcarey

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CFx2, CPx1
Here performed by Luke Kelly and the Dubliners, I was thinking "The Auld Triangle' to be a fine "set off song" for the mornings.
I do like a good song as I set off to brighten my spirits, and also to set my walking rhythm.
However I do need a translation for the following terms.
"You Bowsie" I reckon it means "You lazy B?" and
"Humpy Gussy was creeping" - "The morning sunshine creeping across the floor?"

Such a fine song I'd appreciate any help.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Oh! I had hesitated to post a video! Luke Kelly was born very near to where I lived for many years, and I live here again! His voice is held in the air around here. Here is another song he sang, one that is caught up in the sore hearts of many...
 
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Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
It was Luke Kelly singing the song that first awakened my interest in the prison and the canal.
Now the Royal has joined my list of wannado walks, and is surely at the top of things to do when next visiting the Emerald Isle.
Sorry for not taking a bit more time before posting. Wikipedia states, re The Ould Triangle, that in fact it was not Behan who penned the words...
Anyway, you have to search out two pieces recognising Luke placed recently in Dublin. I leave you to use duckduckgo or the more well known searcher! 😁
 
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Caminos Francais: 2002, 2012, 2019. (Future Ingles, Primitivo, Portuguese in 2021)
Hi everyone. In this time of not knowing when or how life can resume 'the normal', whatever that was!, I came across something this morning that could interest anybody, although at this moment in time, it can truly be of interest only to people within 5km of any point on the route known as the Royal Canal Greenway. If nothing else, it can whet your appetite for a future wander along a lovely route, and part of it is the walk to the famine ships that took people to the New World, the world of hope and promise.. it would interest anybody who might have to touch down in Ireland en route to Spain. Enjoy!

https://royalcanalrunner.com/2021/03/24/official-launch-of-the-royal-canal-greenway/
What a charming and professional presentation! Every one of the local and business folk who have a few words to say does so with such genuine delight and encouragement. As I plan on a USA-
Dublin-Rosslare-San Santander/Bilboa route next year, this is the perfect (as noted in a subsequent post) pre-Camino walk, or, post-multi-hour-flight-from-USA-to-Ould-Sod-Leg-Stretch-Walk. I know we have Greenways in USA, but what they fail to provide, in our concrete-and-car-culture, is the option of popping into the local pub or cafe for a pint or a cup of coffee just a step or two from the Greenway. And, taking the train back, so you don't have to, if you choose, turn 'round and walk back. Okay, enough viral enthusiasm, I'm "IN" with the Royal Canal Greenway walk firmly inked into "My Bucket List".
 

Icacos

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2013)
Hi everyone. In this time of not knowing when or how life can resume 'the normal', whatever that was!, I came across something this morning that could interest anybody, although at this moment in time, it can truly be of interest only to people within 5km of any point on the route known as the Royal Canal Greenway. If nothing else, it can whet your appetite for a future wander along a lovely route, and part of it is the walk to the famine ships that took people to the New World, the world of hope and promise.. it would interest anybody who might have to touch down in Ireland en route to Spain. Enjoy!

https://royalcanalrunner.com/2021/03/24/official-launch-of-the-royal-canal-greenway/
What a wonderful amenity to have close by. I hope it is not long before your restrictions are lifted so you can enjoy this experience in its entirety.
 

Tony Maguire

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
20th August 2014
Thanks Kirkie, I am already planning it as a pre-caminowalk to finish my training for 22-23. or perhaps a quickie trip from the East Coast,USA... Hopefully, by that time,we can walk all the way to Dublin!
You already can walk to Dublin
There is a Famine Way from Strokestown in Co Roscommon to the Custom House in Dublin. 165 km long, much of it along the Royal Canal. You can find out more by following this link -
I have signed up but unable to do it until Covid restrictions are lifted and hospitality reopens.
yes ive signed up and have my famine passport ready for stamps. Just waiting for the all clear from government
 

Martin.P

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Via Algarvinia (Sept 12)
Camino Frances (June 16)
Via de la Plata (May 19)
Finisterre (July 16)
What a charming and professional presentation! Every one of the local and business folk who have a few words to say does so with such genuine delight and encouragement. As I plan on a USA-
Dublin-Rosslare-San Santander/Bilboa route next year, this is the perfect (as noted in a subsequent post) pre-Camino walk, or, post-multi-hour-flight-from-USA-to-Ould-Sod-Leg-Stretch-Walk. I know we have Greenways in USA, but what they fail to provide, in our concrete-and-car-culture, is the option of popping into the local pub or cafe for a pint or a cup of coffee just a step or two from the Greenway. And, taking the train back, so you don't have to, if you choose, turn 'round and walk back. Okay, enough viral enthusiasm, I'm "IN" with the Royal Canal Greenway walk firmly inked into "My Bucket List".
Hi Catheriam,
If Rosslare is on your itinerary consider walking from Dublin!
At least partway - you can walk the Grand Canal to Robertstown then take a "left" off the Grand & along the intersecting Barrow Line. The Barrow line is the River Barrow + the added section of canal which was added to it in the 1900's in order to connect to the Grand, allowing goods to be transported from the South East to Dublin. The majority of the "Barrow Way" is trail & connects some beautiful & historic towns & villages with fantastic scenery along the way. From Carlow to St.Mullins is especially picturesque. It currently stops in St.Mullins but by the end of 2022 it should be tied in with both the New Ross to Waterford & Waterford to Dungarvan Greenways. St.Mullins is a very short distance from New Ross where there are regular buses to Rosslare.
P.S. John F. Kennedy homestead, National Park & Exibition Centre are in/near New Ross (his granfathers hometown).
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hi Catheriam,
If Rosslare is on your itinerary consider walking from Dublin!
At least partway - you can walk the Grand Canal to Robertstown then take a "left" off the Grand & along the intersecting Barrow Line. The Barrow line is the River Barrow + the added section of canal which was added to it in the 1900's in order to connect to the Grand, allowing goods to be transported from the South East to Dublin. The majority of the "Barrow Way" is trail & connects some beautiful & historic towns & villages with fantastic scenery along the way. From Carlow to St.Mullins is especially picturesque. It currently stops in St.Mullins but by the end of 2022 it should be tied in with both the New Ross to Waterford & Waterford to Dungarvan Greenways. St.Mullins is a very short distance from New Ross where there are regular buses to Rosslare.
P.S. John F. Kennedy homestead, National Park & Exibition Centre are in/near New Ross (his granfathers hometown).
I am not Catheriam, but I did exactly what you suggest, a couple of years ago, following the cruel Salvador! The Salvador is not cruel, my knees just suffered too much, so my choice the following year was the one above, with hardly an incline to bother me! Indeed it was a beautiful route.
 
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Paladina

old woman of the roads
Year of past OR future Camino
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles etc (2018), Mozarabe etc (2019), tbc (2020)
A Bowsie is a Dublin term for a blackguard or a troublemaker.

And today’s bowsies distinguish themselves by disfiguring the rather startling sculpture of Luke Kelly by daubing it with red paint. Admittedly, a truncated head is inviting the application of fake blood.
 

Martin.P

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Via Algarvinia (Sept 12)
Camino Frances (June 16)
Via de la Plata (May 19)
Finisterre (July 16)
I am not Catheriam, but I did exactly what you suggest, a couple of years ago, following the cruel Salvador! The Salvador is not cruel, my knees just suffered too much, so my choice the following year was the one above, with hardly an incline to bother me! Indeed it was a beautiful route.
Sorry Kirkie - that was supposed to be a reply to Catheriam's post.

M.
 

Martin.P

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Year of past OR future Camino
Via Algarvinia (Sept 12)
Camino Frances (June 16)
Via de la Plata (May 19)
Finisterre (July 16)
FYI......."Waterways Ireland" is a very good source for each of the Canals mentioned, they are each broken down into short stages.
 

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